Center on Culture, Race & Equity

CCRE Collective

The Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) at Bank Street College is launching a new year of the CCRE Collective, an online cohort program designed to support teams in reimagining and redesigning inequitable systems in learning and community environments. Whether you work for a school, district, governmental agency, or non-profit, the CCRE Collective will guide you in your journey to building inclusive and anti-racist environments where children, families, and staff of all backgrounds can thrive.

The CCRE Collective will run from September 2023 to May 2024. We welcome organizations invested in equitable systems change and can support the full participation of three key staff members with experience leading conversations about race, equity, and inclusion.

Applications for the 2023-24 cohort will open soon.

Programming at a Glance

  • Overview


    • Four foundational workshops designed to build your capacity for equitable systems change
    • Four Communities of Practice that facilitate real-time application of skills and knowledge
    • Four Coaching for Equity Circles that provide both direct coaching for equity experiences while building your capacity to coach others
    • Insights and tools to navigate transformation in an organizational context
    • A cohort-based model designed to foster connections and relationships that will sustain you personally and professionally in the journey towards a more equitable world
  • Our Model

    Our Model

    Programming at a Glance

    Our workshops, Communities of Practice, and coaching sessions will focus on four foundational equity elements: 

    Understanding Racism: Then and Now
    This foundational session will deepen participants’ understanding of the origins and current-day manifestations of racism in American society. This grounding knowledge will be used to explore effective anti-racism practices and policies.

    Push-out, Erasure, and Criminalization in Education Settings
    Participants will explore how BIPOC, poor, disabled, and LGBTQ+ children are disproportionately pushed out of education settings. We will critically analyze how institutions, policies, practices, and mindsets often protect and sustain dominant culture to the detriment of historically excluded youth in schools.

    Anti-Racist Practice and Designing for Brilliance
    In this session, participants will develop/deepen the mindsets, skills, and practices that can interrupt inequitable practices and policies. We will use research-backed, strengths-based approaches to design for the brilliance of all students.

    Strategizing for Equity
    In this final session, participants will develop strategic plans and action steps that will be used in their organizations to advance equity. We will reflect on our learning journey and commit to maintaining a network of support as people lead for equity in their communities.

  • Expectations


    What you can expect from us:

    • Experienced and caring facilitators with a deep investment in your growth and success
    • A holding environment where people are encouraged to practice, test, and grow in their skillset while being held accountable for their energy and impact
    • An eagerness to learn and grow from your expertise and feedback
    • Reduced program rates for eligible partner organizations*

    What you can expect to experience:

    • Research-based programming that is firmly rooted in the principles of adult learning
    • Action-oriented programming that results in the development of strategic plans and action steps
    • An intimate group experience where vulnerability fuels growth and change; a lifelong network of equity-minded professionals in your field
    • Discomfort, challenge, community, laughter, and love

    What we expect from you:

    • A $12,500–$17,500 institutional investment for a team of three from your organization (see next tab for additional details on pricing; early applicants are eligible for a $500 discount).”

    *Reduced program rates made possible by generous CCRE partners.

  • How to Apply

    Applications for the 2023-24 cohort will open soon.

Info Session: The CCRE Collective

Want to learn more about the CCRE Collective? Watch a recording of our 2022-23 information session. Details about information sessions for our 2023-24 cohort will be available soon.
Participant Voices
CCRE has provided me with the knowledge, organizational integrity, and fire to keep myself accountable into doing equity work. I am so grateful for all the work you have put in during the call and behind the scenes. I feel ready to continue to bring what I have learned with my colleagues and transform our school community.
Year 1 Participant
Participant Voices
Thank you for your leadership and guidance! Each session left me thinking more deeply about systemic racism and helped me to begin thinking about ways to make change happen. This is a complex and highly emotional topic, and some sessions were heavy. But, each time, I came away with hope and found more joy in my work. Now I have a concrete plan to move forward.
Year 1 Participant
Participant Voices
We, as a community, really didn’t have access to the tools and resources that we needed to be able to do this work effectively. We didn’t have the language, the grounding, a baseline shared understanding, or way to kind of begin to communicate and even see how serious the issues alike are and how much they’re impacting.
Year 1 Participant
Participant Voices
One thing I’ve appreciated about this experience is that [CCRE] brought forth conversations that I hadn’t even thought about and doing it in a way that is really honest and vulnerable. Those experiences have been really, really valuable.
Year 1 Participant
Participant Voices
I’m able to come at [equity issues] from a different perspective or a different lens, which I didn’t have before. I think it promotes a lot more conversation within the people around me as well. It opened up something that wasn’t there before.
Year 1 Participant
Participant Voices
The coaching has such an impact on how we go through our daily time at school… I think the act of listening is something that we are all doing more of and in a more deliberate way. And I know I’m hearing deeper questions being asked.
Year 1 Participant