Message from the Director:
Welcome to the new Region VIII Equity Assistance Center at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. We are pleased to serve the education communities in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. Our Center assists states, school districts, public schools, including charter and magnet schools, and Tribal Education Agencies, to plan and implement practices and policies that promote equity and high quality education for all students.
We are one of ten regional Equity Assistance Centers funded by the United States Department of Education under the Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. All centers provide training and technical assistance on educational issues related to race, gender and national origin. In addition, our Center will also have an emphasis on the prevention of bullying and harassment as well as furthering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in schools.
At the request of education agencies, we partner with them to find solutions to a variety of equity problems. Our work is directed to closing achievement gaps, promoting safe schools, and helping all students reach high standards. Our services are without charge to requesting education agencies within Region VIII.
Our highly qualified staff is ready to assist you. Enjoy this website and please contact us if you have any requests or questions about our services. We look forward to serving you.
Jan-Perry Evenstad, Director
Equity Assistance Centers support Common Core State Standards
For more information, please review this document:
Equity & Common Core
Goals & Outcomes
Grounded in the university's mission to equitably reshape existing structures and build innovative new collaborations, the team established five goals for building outcomes needed to establish a robust Noyce program.
- Cultivate strong partnerships with local high-needs school districts by conducting STEM teaching needs assessments; preparation and placement for future Noyce fellows and program graduates.
- Align structures of current Math and Science licensure and Noyce programs at MSU Denver to effectively prepare and support scholarship and stipend recipients through clinical field experiences with integrated STEM instruction.
- Develop an undergraduate teacher licensure program for Physics majors; and create a Learning Assistant Program at MSU Denver.
- Develop and test effective recruitment and retention strategies for the program focused on increasing the percentage of underrepresented students majoring in STEM fields that enter the teaching profession.
- The overall outcome of achieving these four goals will be helping to meet the needs of students, faculty, the university, and its K-12 and community partners by establishing a five-year renewable Noyce program.