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When: Thursday, September 17, 2020
12pm-1pm ET, 11am-12pm CT, 10am-11am MT, 9am-10am PT
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Brubaker

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Serving Students Equitably: How Three Scholarship Providers Have Incorporated Racial Equity Values into Their Programming


Many organizations want to better serve students of color and indigenous students. This webinar will showcase the work of three NSPA members that have strategically incorporated racial equity values into their programming. They'll discuss their processes, their successes, and the challenges they encountered along the way. You'll leave feeling motivated to create improved outcomes for students of color and with tangible examples of program models and resources that can be adapted to meet your program's needs.


Jessica Heard
Chief of Equity and Inclusion
National Center for Teacher Residencies

Julie Kim
Senior Director of Operations

Traci Lanier
Vice President
10,000 Degrees


Presenter Bios
Jessica Grady Heard has over 18 years of experience as an educator, non-profit leader, and school district administrator. As NCTR’s Chief of Equity and Inclusion, she oversees a national initiative to attract, develop, and empower black teacher residents. Additionally, she leads internal diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for NCTR staff. Prior to joining NCTR, Jessica worked in District of Columbia Public Schools as the Deputy Chief of Equity and Deputy Chief of Talent Acquisition and Retention. Previously, she was the Site Manager for TNTP’s DC Teaching Fellows program. Earlier in her career, Jessica led out-of-school time programs with Breakthrough Collaborative, KIPP DC, and the Urban Alliance Foundation. She began her career teaching in the autism program at the Ivymount School. Jessica holds a B.A. in Psychology from Grinnell College and an Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University. She is based in Washington, DC.

As the Senior Director of Operations for Scholarships and Programs at UNCF, Julie Kim is responsible for overseeing effective and efficient processing of 400 scholarships and programs UNCF administers including the Gates Millennium Scholar program. In addition, she manages all technology tools that are utilized to process scholarships and programs as well as overseeing the necessary policies and procedures development. She has worked with UNCF since 2001 facilitating the demands of converting paper applications to 100% electronic format, developing online portal for institutions financial aid office representatives, to 100% electronic disbursements to Institutions.

Traci Lanier joined 10,000 Degrees®️ in 2003 and developed the organization’s first organizational advancement plan. She also co-founded Marin Educational Equity Week. In 2007, she was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was made Vice President and Deputy Director in 2013. Traci is responsible for organizational operations, including personnel, scholarship allocation, and budget. Previously, Traci served as Annual Giving Manager at the Colorado School of Mines, Account Manager for ProSavvy, an international business-to-business start-up, and Development Manager at the University of Phoenix. She earned her master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. 

Free for NSPA members
$35 for non-members*
*If you apply for NSPA membership within two weeks after this webinar, the webinar cost will be applied toward your membership.

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