The way in which we talk about equity matters. This guide will help frame conversations and build a common language around equity.


This resource shows some examples of problematic ways of framing and talking about inequities and provides alternative language that shifts the narrative to a more honest, culturally responsive, and liberatory discourse.

Connection to Equity

As leaders for equity, it is critical that we build our skill in raising and discussing educational inequities in ways that engage, provoke, and inspire ourselves and others to meaningful action. How we talk about educational inequity, the words we choose, the stories that we elevate, matter. If we are not thoughtful and intentional, our efforts to raise awareness about inequities can inadvertently reinforce negative stereotypes and contribute to harmful narratives about our students and families. This may not be our intention, however, given the history of inequality and systemic oppression in our country and in our communities, our language choices can trigger conscious and unconscious biases about students of color or students living in poverty.

Preferred Citation

"Framing Equitable Conversations more Equitably" developed by the National Equity Project