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Who We Are

The Dane County Equity Consortium is committed to creating equitable opportunities and taking collective action to eliminate barriers associated with the predictability of success based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, first language, income, or ability statuses.

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“Every Child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one own’s skin.”

~Educator Dena Simmons~

Mission & Identity

The Dane County Equity Consortium, a representative body of the school districts across Dane County and beyond, is committed to creating equitable opportunities and taking collective action against the deep-rooted institutionalized racism present throughout our society and in our schools. As a Consortium we want our school communities to know that we stand alongside our community members of color in condemning the death of George Floyd and the continued violence and use of excessive force against people of color – George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, Breonna Taylor among the most recent. These individuals could have been a student or community member in any of our districts. We need to treat these tragic events and the disproportionate suffering of our black and brown communities as a reminder and a call to action. We still have much work to do for our students, our community, our nation and our world. 

As a consortium of school districts, we all have a responsibility and most importantly we cannot remain silent. We must all recognize our place in perpetuating inequities and acknowledge that if we don’t actively disrupt racism then we too are accountable. Our schools are in service of our students and families. Our students in Dane County and throughout Wisconsin have experienced significant, measurable, system-wide inequities for far too long. We recognize our historic failure and seek to address and disrupt societal and historical inequities and eliminate disparities as a collective. The compounding and disproportionate effects our students, families, staff and leaders of color are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic need also to be recognized. We are all here for each other and more than ever we need to reach out to our friends and neighbors and show the compassion, empathy and humanity each and everyone deserves. To our community members of color: you matter. Black Lives Matter. We see you, we respect you and we support you. 

Planning Group Members

Our planning and steering group members are dedicated to equitable opportunities for all students not only in Dane County but also into the State of Wisconsin and beyond.

Kate Ahlgren

Kate Ahlgren

Stoughton School District
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Leslie Bergstrom

Dr. Leslie Bergstrom

Oregon School District
Superintendent
Rainey Briggs

Rainey Briggs

Baraboo School District
Superintendent
Percy Brown

Percy Brown

Critical Consciousness
Coordinator
Jeanette Deloya

Jeanette Deloya

Madeline Hafner

Madeline Hafner

MSAN
Executive Director

Ron Lott

Ron Lott

Mara McGlynn

Mara McGlynn

Small Fire, LLC.
Coordinator
Tim Onsager

Tim Onsager

Stoughton School District
Superintendent

Eric Runez

Eric Runez

DeForest School District
Superintendent
Shelby Steel

Shelby Steel

Monona Grove School District
Student Services & Equity Coordinator

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