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 BERKELEY'S 2020 VISION
From 2006 to 2020 and Beyond


THE CHALLENGE
In 2006 the wider Berkeley community realized that, in comparison to other student segments, too many African American and Latino children were unprepared for college and careers—regardless of household income or parental education. In essence, the community agreed to end race as a statistical predictor of educational success. Approximately 200 Berkeley citizens from many walks of life spent three days together at the Marina to find a new way forward in education.  From that effort, in 2008 the Berkeley City Council passed Resolution 64,113-N.S., which created 2020 Vision.
 

THE MISSION                 
Berkeley’s 2020 Vision is a city-wide collective impact effort to sustain equity in education for all Berkeley children from cradle-to-career.  

THE SYSTEMIC FOCUS
Berkeley’s 2020 Vision was founded to create a systemic focus on ending racial disparities in education, especially for Berkeley’s Black and Brown children.

 
EQUITY IN EDUCATION
Simply put, “equality” means giving everyone the same thing, whereas “equity” means giving people what they need:

• “Racial Equity” exists when one's racial identity no longer predicts, in a statistical sense, how one fares.
• “Racial Justice” is the proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all.  Racial Equity is one element of Racial Justice, which includes work to address root causes of inequities not just their manifestation. This work is usually addressed with programmatic interventions. Racial Justice also includes focusing on systems and institutions to eliminate policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race.


THE BENCHMARK YEAR 2020
The founders of what has become Berkeley’s 2020 Vision intended the year 2020 to be a benchmark year for assessing Berkeley’s progress toward equity in education.

Between 2006 and 2008, many discussions centered on having a plan that specifically addresses how to support educational equity through institutions, and where that work should be focused in the future.

Hundreds of years of racism, prejudice and bias cannot be undone in less than two decades, but the collective impact effort 2020 Vision aims to transform community goals into a firm map that will help guide the whole community in supporting equitable education for everyone—especially Berkeley’s Black and Brown children.

Berkeley’s 2020 Vision began as a grassroots effort in 2006, and it will take the entire community to reach its goal of equitable education for all Berkeley children. Community activists, educational institutions, community benefit organizations, businesses, foundations, government agencies—and most of all the citizens of Berkeley—are all needed to realize the clear vision of Berkeley has for equitable education that uplifts all children, from cradle to career.

 

 


 

 

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