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Students for Equitable Education Summit

Students for Equitable Education Summit

The Students for Equitable Education Summit

A Free Virtual Event Designed and Led by Students
Saturday, May 14, 2022
11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET / 8 a.m.-12 p.m. PT / 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CT

The Students for Equitable Education (SEE) Summit is a student-led movement calling for equitable education that values, honors, and affirms the identity of every student.

What are young people experiencing in classrooms today? What do educators see in their students? Can every student realize their “most richly imagined futures” in today’s school environments? Students have the answers. Are we listening?

The SEE Summit is a national social justice summit envisioned and led by students from districts across the country. Offered virtually and open to the public, this event engages students—the very students whom the education system is underserving—as leaders, designers, and facilitators of authentic professional learning for the education community.

The SEE Summit will radically cede power to young people; call on educators to face the harmful structures, policies, and practices that exist in education; strengthen dialogue and collaboration between students and school staff; and spur a collective commitment to advance equitable, inclusive classrooms.

This is an opportunity to celebrate student voice and leadership, deepen understanding of how race, identity, and power influences the experiences that students have in schools, and build coalitions across differences to transform education.

Now is the time to move from advocacy to action. We invite you to join us!

Event Registration

This event is primarily designed for educators, district leaders, students, parents, caregivers, and any members of organizations that provide programming for young people.

We firmly believe in compensating students for their time, efforts, and expertise. A “Pay-What-You-Can” option is available and encouraged for adults. Please consider paying what you would for day-long PD or training. Proceeds will go directly to student leaders as honoraria.

Please select the “Ticket Type” that best describes your role in education. If none of the categories are accurate, please select “General Attendee.”

Schedule At A Glance

11:00-11:15 a.m. ET

Opening Keynote: Kelisa Wing
11:15-11:30 a.m. ET

Student Panel
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Student-Led Breakout Sessions
12:15-1:05 p.m. ET

Student-Led Breakout Sessions
1:15-2:05 p.m. ET

“Talk to Walk” Mentor Panel
(Moderated by Students)

2:15-2:45 p.m. ET

2:45-3:00 p.m. ET

Celebratory Dance Party (Optional)
3:00-3:30 p.m. ET


Interactive Poetry Workshop

“I Live Here” – Youth Speaks Poetry Workshop by Jen Tribbett
4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Following the SEE Summit, all are invited to join us for an interactive poetry workshop led by Jen Tribbett. Participants will examine location, activity, and self, building towards an incremental understanding of the context in which they live. Drawing from a communally constructed word palette, participants will produce a descriptive poem about a moment in which they felt truly alive. This workshop is used to encourage continued practice with fundamental Youth Speaks concepts and tools – “No Wrong Answers,” “The Standard is Yourself,” the word palette, the free write. Register for free here.

This event sponsored by the YouthMADE Festival


Student-Led Sessions

Host Districts

District Advisers
Dr. Julie Mitchell, Superintendent, Rowland Unified School District
Marlon Styles, Jr., Superintendent, Middletown City School District

Hosted By

With Support From

The Students for Equitable Education Summit is powered by Swapcard, an engaging, all-in-one event platform.

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email prompting you to create an account on Swapcard. This account will enable you to access the summit agenda, create a personalized schedule, browse for information about speakers, and view the live program on the day of the event! 

We will email all participants with relevant information and update this event page with any additional details.

Have questions or want to get involved? Email

The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

– Amanda Gorman, Former National Youth Poet Laureate, “The Hill We Climb,”
from the inauguration of President Joseph Biden, January 20, 2021

Photos by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action


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