Banks Center for Educational Justice


Land Acknowledgment

The Banks Center for Educational Justice, like the University of Washington and all of our lives and institutions exists on Indigenous land. We acknowledge the ancestral homelands of those who walked here before us and those who still walk here, keeping in mind the integrity of this territory where area Native peoples identify as the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, and Puyallup, as well as the tribes of the Muckleshoot, Tulalip, other Coast Salish peoples, and their descendants. We are grateful to respectfully live and work on these lands and to follow the leadership of our community members (including Affiliated Faculty, Research Assistants, and campus and community partners) who are Native and Indigenous, particularly those who are from these territories. This land acknowledgement is one small act in the ongoing process of working to be in good relationship with the land and the people of the land and, ultimately, toward decolonization.

Center Mission

The Banks Center for Educational Justice at the University of Washington is a central location for partnerships, program development, and collaborative research with early childhood through university educational settings that sustain Native, Black, Latinx, and Asian and Pacific Islander young people across Seattle, urban and rural Washington, nationally, and globally.

We are actively seeking partners who have a commitment to investing in educational settings that sustain young people, families, and communities.

Roots of Our Work

The Center is committed to four pillars across our mission:

Community Engaged: With community partners collaborating on all projects

Transdisciplinary: With education and the arts as leading

Intersectional: With a focus on race and justice while attending to intersections with gender identity, dis/ability, citizenship status, language, land, class and more

Coalitional: With a focus within and across Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities and those in solidarity with justice work for youth and families