Dr. Kandace Forrester, PhD and Carmen Perkins, MBA co-founded PROJECT EDQUITY to help transform the organizations by supporting diversity, inclusion, and understanding to ensure more equitable opportunities and outcomes for all members and stakeholders, particularly those who are traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised.
Dr. Kandace Forrester is a research-practitioner whose work focuses on racial and gender inequalities in organizations, the effects of perceived discrimination, and alternatives to punitive discipline. She is an expert on restorative practices, social-emotional learning, and the school-to-prison pipeline and has delivered keynote addresses and workshops on the issues. Dr. Forrester is an experienced school psychologist and administrator, and has consulted with educational stakeholders for over 10 years. She currently serves on the board of Growth Public Schools, an innovative charter school preparing to launch in the Sacramento area in 2017. Dr. Forrester is also an entrepreneur with experience in developing small service and retail-based companies.
Carmen Perkins, MBA has worked in the field of education for over 14 years as an administrator and college instructor. She has extensive expertise in diversity recruitment and retention, performance evaluation, leadership development, organizational change, and human resources. Carmen has led Diversity and Inclusion and Minority Achievement Initiatives in partnership with school districts in California. Carmen most recently served as a director of human resources for a School District and currently serves as the Education Chair for the California Diversity Council Bay Area as well as on the Board of Restorative Schools Vision Project a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving education equality by ending the school to prison pipeline.
Together, Forrester and Perkins, bring an innovative and holistic approach to diversity, equity, & inclusion, and change management, driven by assessment, consulting, mentoring, training, technical assistance and coaching. They look forward to growing partnerships to make equity an actionable organizational goal.