We’re Connectors 

Our Statewide Initiatives are:



We believe that connecting people across education roles and systems is critical to advancing equitable and racially just opportunities and outcomes for students. Each year, California EPFP brings together a diverse cohort of leaders from K-12 and higher education, state government, research organizations, and the non-profit sector to deepen their knowledge across policy, practice, and research; broaden their professional relationships; and strengthen their leadership skills and opportunities. We support them in focusing on students’ needs within and across education systems, with an emphasis on students of color and others experiencing marginalization.

Our activities include:

  • Three intensive, multi-day seminars in October, February, and May
  • Collaborative group projects that connect policy and practice
  • The annual Washington Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., to explore federal policy and to network nationally
  • Alumni events and resources to keep cohorts connected

California EPFP is supported by the State of California and generous grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the College Futures Foundation.

Visit our website to learn more about California EPFP and how to be part of the next cohort.


We believe that all of us in the CSU have power to create more equitable opportunities for student learning, engagement, progression, and success. The Network brings people together from across the CSU system to build knowledge, develop relationships, and take action to advance opportunities and outcomes for students. We place students, their educational journeys, and their goals for education and career at the center of our work.

We create spaces for middle leaders in the CSU—that is, faculty, staff, and administrators who work with students, often without a formal leadership title—to collaborate, experiment, and share evidence with each other. This year’s activities include:

  • Navigating Uncertainty Together, a conversation series launching July 22 for faculty, staff, administrators, and students to problem-solve together about preparing for the fall, with a focus on equity-minded practices and pedagogies.
  • Virtual Knowledge Center, an online resource launching in the fall with memos that contain synthesized information and links.
  • Equity-Minded Teaching and Learning, a workshop series this fall from scholars at theCenter for Urban Education, about how to create learning environments that are race conscious and equity-minded (registration details coming soon).
  • First Annual Student Success Conference, offered in a virtual format this fall, calledBuilding a Student-Ready Campus: Shared Opportunities for Equity and Transformation. The conference provides an annual statewide opportunity to share actionable research, evidence, and practices for use or adaptation on our own campuses.
  • Middle Leadership Academy, a year-long, project-based experience that supports teams of faculty, staff, and administrators as they explore and apply strategies to close opportunity and outcomes gaps.

Come be a part of a collaborative, cross-campus community run by middle leaders for middle leaders.