Superstition, Racial Equity and Me

Faith SandlerEducation, Leadership, Racism, Words of Faith

Colleagues at National College Access Network (NCAN) invited me to speak in a TED-style talk at a conference plenary session in front of more than 1,100 people. Three of us agreed to address this prompt: “Achieving Racial Equity: What Will It Really Take?”

I accepted, with two requirements:

  1. I would address my comments specifically to the white people in the room.
  2. My approach would be candid and direct.

A week before the talk, they asked for my “walk up music.” Thanks to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” for the energy and the perfect refrain:

When you believe in things,
That you don’t understand,
Then you suffer.
Superstition ain’t the way.

Here is the 14-minute result:

What Will It Really Take to Achieve Equity in College Access and Success?

– Faith Sandler