Equitable Communities

Kids Forward works to build the best future possible for every kid and every family in Wisconsin—especially for children and families of color and those furthest from opportunity.


A significant part of that work is the Race to Equity Project. Race to Equity is a comprehensive approach to engaging leaders and community members in Dane County in a broader, solution-oriented dialogue aimed at reducing the profound and persistent racial disparities in health, education, child welfare, criminal justice, employment, and income that plague the nation, state, and county.

For more information, visit our Race to Equity website.

Governor Walker fails to address racial disparities in Wisconsin’s education system

Recently, Governor Walker delivered his sixth State of the State Address emphasizing improvements in the job market, the state budget, and education. With regard to education, Governor Walker stated that “Our school students are doing well overall,” and pointed to statistics about improved reading scores among 4th graders in the state.  Of course it is […]

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The Growing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Household Wealth

It probably comes as no surprise that there are substantial disparities in wealth between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics.  However, figures released last week by the Census Bureau drives home the point by documenting the extent of those disparities and showing how the gaps have been growing over the past decade. As I wrote in today’s […]

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Exceptionally High Black Infant Mortality Rate Underscores Racial Disparities in Wisconsin

The overall infant mortality rate in Wisconsin has declined slowly over the past two decades, but our state continues to have an alarmingly high infant mortality rate among African-Americans. Although the infant mortality rate for African-Americans has dropped significantly in Wisconsin since the early 2000s, it is nearly double the state’s overall average and almost […]

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Race to Equity Project’s Reflections on MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of celebration of the life of the man, his leadership and the founding of a movement that is fundamentally and irrevocably changing the character of this country. And despite the profound inequities that still persist between African Americans and Whites in our nation, state, and county, today should not only be a time where we reflect on the great distance we still have to travel on the road to racial and economic justice.

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