This survey of diversity practices and results in education organizations, Koya Leadership Partners and Education Pioneers set out to understand what commitments to racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion in the education sector look like in practice and to provide actionable steps organizations can take to drive the conversation about diversity from intention to action. The hard work of creating sector-wide agreement around the importance of diversity and inclusion has already been done. As our survey results show, 98 percent of participants believe that diversity is supported at their organization. About a third hold diversity as a core organizational value. However, few of the organizations surveyed have significant numbers of senior leaders of color, and very few have substantive, measurable practices in place to improve racial and ethnic diversity.
The will to create diverse and inclusive organizations is there in abundance. What we need now is to seize this moment of great opportunity and push toward real, measurable action. It is our hope that the survey findings, examples of best practices, and the recommendations collected at the end of this report will serve as a road map for education organizations that seek true progress toward increasing diversity and inclusion.