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Region IV

We are pleased to serve 13 states and 3 territories in the United States Western Region.

Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Welcome to the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. We assist states, school districts, public schools (including charter and magnet schools), and Tribal Education Departments to plan and implement practices and policies that promote equity and high quality education for all students. 

We are one of four 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, sex, national origin, and religion. In addition, WEEAC has an emphasis on the prevention of bullying and harassment 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 or very low cost to requesting education agencies within Region IV.

Our highly qualified staff is ready to assist you. Please contact us if you have any requests or questions about our services. Requests may originate from teachers, principals, parents/guardians, community leaders, and state and district administrators. 

Black Lives Matter Here!

The Western Educational Equity Assistance Center expresses deep sympathy and solidarity with our Black Brothers and Sisters, and Community allies regarding the murder of George Floyd. Our hearts go out to the Floyd Family and the community where George Floyd worked and lived. We are in the throes of a racial and health pandemic. As we seek to find justice for the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, we must also think about the countless lives that have also been lost to police violence in the past decade. 

As an equity center dedicated to all, we assert that Black Lives Matter. We know that Black lives are disproportionately represented in the pandemic and in over policing. We must be responsive and act with empathy and action. We must also understand that we cannot discuss disproportionality without discussing marginalization and the impact of racism on Black and Brown lives.

It is also significant that George Floyd’s murder occurred during this unprecedented time of a global pandemic that disproportionally affects communities of color. African Americans and other people of color continue to suffer under a system that not only is unresponsive to their needs; but, also continues to devalue their humanity. 

We are called to service others. As a staff, we are actively working to confront anti-racist behaviors in ourselves and others. We commit to this work daily. That also includes looking inward to ensure that we thoughtfully scrutinize our efforts and allyship so that we are supporting, uplifting, and not co-opting the work of our Black Brothers and Sisters.

WEEAC News and Upcoming Events

Click on the links below to see updates and recent activity for the Region IV Western Educational Equity Assistance Center. Including recent additions to the WEEAC Interactive Media Library, information about upcoming training and events, and highlights from the services the WEEAC continues to provide.

Supreme Court Ruling on DACA

Supreme Court ruling on Gender Identity Protections

WEEAC Services Update - COVID-19

In light of the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we wanted to share developments in the services offered by the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center. The WEEAC office located on the campus of MSU Denver is closed, but all staff are available and working remotely. We understand the difficult circumstances for all and wish you the best in managing the situation in your community.

Although we have been forced to cancel upcoming events and will postpone all travel until normal business resumes, we are available for technical assistance and consultation. We also encourage you to utilize the many resources available on our website. Through technology we are exploring options to continue providing comprehensive training in a virtual format. Please contact us with any requests and we will work on the best solution to support your needs.   


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