Equity by Design

Equity by Design* is transformative approach to leverage disaggregated data to make equity gaps visible, propose interventions collaboratively, and evaluate the impact of interventions as a continuous improvement process. Equity by Design equips higher education leaders to address educational disparities and to move beyond policy and planning to institutional equity-minded practices.

Equity by Design Toolkit

The Equity by Design Toolkit is a guide for campuses to leverage and approach the work of addressing inequities in academic outcomes in a manner that is efficient, equity-minded, and transformative.

The Toolkit includes guidance on:

  • Building a coalition to undertake this work
  • Activities to improve individual and collective competencies
  • Equity-minded versus Deficit-Minded approaches
  • Equity-Minded Data Analysis


Catherine Ford
Program Director for Educational Development

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Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion

Minnesota State faculty and staff can find more information on the Equity by Design page of OEI Connect, sign in using StarID@MinnState.edu.

*The methodology is influenced by the research and literature of Dr. Estela Bensimon at the Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California.