About OCEECommitted to making schools a safe and engaging place for each and every student.

Our Story

The Oregon Center for Educational Equity is a network of highly skilled, diverse facilitators and professional development leaders whose mission is to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed.

From addressing systemic issues of educational inequity to implementing effective collaboration practices to creating school structures and classrooms that work for historically oppressed student populations, we are committed to working with educators, organizations and communities to collectively meet the needs of our children through strong, effective, and equity-focused leadership.

Our Team

Carmen Urbina

OCEE Director
Parent recruitment and engagement, working effectively with communities of color, educational equity, bicultural education and leadership, equity-based professional development, district-wide equity and strategic planning

Carmen Urbina is a bilingual and bicultural professional with twenty five years experience performing asset based complex and targeted outreach in communities of color to implement effective parent involvement and recruitment strategies in districts, schools and community based organizations. Her equity-based professional development work with teachers and leaders is designed to enlighten and empower without guilt, shame, blame or judgment of self or others. She has a masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica which provides a clear lens for viewing individuals, organizations, and the entirety of the systems they operate in.

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Elaine Rector

OCEE Assistant Director
Community – school partnerships, creating inclusive & equitable schools, curricular & instructional design and mapping, differentiation, group process & dynamics, integrative education, instructional materials, literacy, performance-based teaching and learning, priority leadership, social studies and social sciences, school restructuring, shared leadership, talented and gifted instruction, teacher leadership and collaboration, Title IX & gender discrimination

Elaine Rector started teaching in 1975. Since then she has taught at all levels, elementary, middle school, high school and college, worked for the Oregon Department of Education and served as an administrator. She has over 30 years of experience as a provider of professional development and presenter at state and national conferences. She has also worked with schools as a Literacy Coach, Humanities Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, Community School Liaison, Staff Development Coordinator and School Change Coach. Currently, Elaine is an educational consultant focusing on improving teaching and learning through her work development shared leadership, addressing equity and social justice issues and improving instructional practice. She teaches courses for both Lewis and Clark College and Willamette University and consults with CEEL. Elaine is committed to creating public education that works for all students and families.

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Julie McCann, PhD

OCEE Senior Associate
Principal leadership coaching, school change, courageous equity leadership, equity plans, school improvement support, CFG, instructional coaching, school redesign, PLC’s

Dr. Julie McCann has been an educator for 36 years serving as an elementary teacher, elementary and middle school principal, district office director, equity trainer, leadership coach, and an educational change coach. Julie has led school teams through the change process to improve instruction and transform schools for traditionally underserved students and their families. She was the 2000 State Principal of the Year and as a leader focused on underserved children and families and systemic reform. After leaving the principalship, she worked as a school change coach and is currently working with school districts in Oregon and across the country, and consults with OCEE. She has consulted throughout the state and presented at both state and national conferences around her dissertation topic: White Leaders Examine Power and Privilege: The Challenges of Leading for Equity. She considers herself a White ally and is committed to socially just schools where each child accesses the learning, opportunities, and services to succeed in society.

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Daryl Dixon

OCEE Senior Associate
Workforce diversity; equitable policies and practices within organizations; facilitating challenging conversations about race and equity in public and private sectors; and supporting leaders in creating and managing a diverse workforce

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Daryl began his professional career as a classical singer. His musical talents have taken him to concerts stages in Europe and throughout the United States, including a performance in the White House. Daryl made history when he became the first African American to sing Spirituals in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City for Pope John Paul II. Turning down an opportunity to tour with Harry Belafonte, Daryl followed a new passion that led to the work he does today.

Daryl is regarded as one of the most powerful, inspirational and relevant speakers and trainers on the subject of workforce diversity. Founder of Diversity Resource Group (DRG), and the Professional Diversity Practitioners Network, he works with organizations to implement equity in policy, practices and procedures. Daryl has consulted with organizations that range from small non-profits to Fortune 500 and received certification as an EEO Investigator from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Daryl has presented at numerous diversity conferences, including the national SHRM Diversity Conference and was cited in HR Magazine for his expertise in the area of workforce diversity. Past roles include EEO Officer in the US Army, Director of Multicultural Services at George Fox University and Chief Diversity Officer of Multnomah County, the second most populous county in the Northwest. Daryl currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Clackamas School District, the Regional Arts and Cultural Council, Warner Pacific College and Catholic Charities. He earned his BA degree from Morehouse College and the Master of Divinity degree from George Fox University.

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Ezra Ereckson

OCEE Associate
Student voice and student engagement, culturally relevant curriculum development, equity-based professional development and school improvement support, the impact of media and pop culture on educators and students, facilitating challenging conversations about race and equity with students and staff

Ezra Ereckson has been teaching art in Portland and Hillsboro public schools since 2006. Prior to teaching with HSD and PPS he worked in refugee resettlement in the Portland area. He has been a leader for equity, inclusion and anti-racism at the classroom, building and district levels.

Ezra’s interests and background include issues around immigration, acculturation and English language learning, the effects of popular culture and media images on students and educators, and the dynamics around creating effective equity teams and educator cohorts. He is adept with facilitating challenging conversations around race, dominant culture and equity in schools, and at helping educators discover their core beliefs and look more critically at their practice with the goal of shifting towards more culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. He is passionate about helping to activate and amplify student voice and engagement in order to transform school culture.

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Alison Schlicht

OCEE Associate
Dual language immersion instruction and leadership, sheltered instructional practices and planning, professional learning communities leadership, instructional coaching, designing and supporting culturally relevant instruction, hiring practices to diversify the workforce, facilitating challenging conversations about race and equity with students and staff, school district equity leadership and facilitation, strategic planning for school improvement

Alison Schlicht currently works with North Clackamas School District as an elementary school principal. She has experience working in administrative, coaching, and teaching positions in Title 1, dual language schools with North Clackamas, Hillsboro, and Salem-Keizer Public School Districts. Alison is committed to her service as a leader for educational equity. Prior to working as a principal, Alison worked as a specialist and trainer in culturally responsive instructional practices supporting bilingual and multilingual learners. Alison is bilingual in Spanish and English and has experience teaching and leading diverse groups of staff and students with a focus on bilingual education and teaching students learning English as a second language. As a facilitator for educational equity, Alison supports school district efforts to create more equitable systems and structures through her work with groups of educators.

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Rogelio Martinez

OCEE Senior Associate
School District equity leadership; facilitating conversations about race with staff, students, parents, and community; support for people of color; sheltered instruction practices; student engagement strategies; Dual Language leadership

Rogelio Martinez is a proud Chicano currently working as an Assistant Principal in the Forest Grove School District. He has worked as an educator since 2000 and has served grades K-6 as a teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal. He has also served as a district equity leader, Educators of Color Coalition leader, 504 Coordinator, and Expulsion Hearing officer which has allowed him to support students throughout his district. His experience is in Dual Language and Title I schools in Forest Grove, Woodburn, and Dayton. Leading and participating in conversations about race is his passion, and he enjoys learning from different perspectives.

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