About MCEL

Our Founders

Examples of racial bias are in the headlines and generating conversation across our country. While many of the examples are centered on bias within law enforcement, bias exists across all sectors of our nation including schools. As educational leaders, we have the moral responsibility to understand our own biases, the biases of the people we lead, and the bias within our educational institutions including policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels to the practitioners we are responsible for leading in our schools and district offices. We will never have breakthrough results for all children of color until this is addressed. While both male and female students of color lag behind their white counterparts, the gap for males is significantly larger. The challenges confronting males of color are unique and addressing these challenges is essential to closing the achievement gap. Male district leaders of color are in a unique position to affect change that leads to closing the gaps for our children.

Colleagues Harrison Peters and Steve Gering created Men of Color in Education Leadership (MCEL) in 2017 after having many conversations with male leaders of color in their networks. It was clear many male leaders of color were grappling with common issues and were looking for an opportunity to engage with each other. MCEL creates a space for male educational leaders of color to engage in open and honest discussions around solving the unique challenges they face. The convenings seek to engage participants in a think tank around race and district leadership using real anecdotes from colleagues across the country who are challenged by the complexities of this issue. 

Harrison Peters

Superintendent of Providence Public School District

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Steve Gering

National Education Leader and Consultant

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Male district leaders of color are in a unique position to affect change that leads to closing the gaps for our children.

Our Objectives

  • Engage in a real and authentic conversation about the impact of race and implicit bias on the leadership role of males of color

  • Explore other emerging topics that impact male leaders of color

  • Generate strategies leaders can implement

  • Create regional MCEL opportunities across the country

  • Build a network male leaders of color can leverage beyond the MCEL convenings

 

Our Vision

Male district leaders of color are in a unique position to affect change that leads to closing the gaps for our children.

MCEL brings these leaders together to affect real change in their school communities and districts. 

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