For-profit

Corrie LLC

Location:

Chicago, Illinois

Type:

For-profit DEI Consulting

Founder and Principal:

Corrie Wallace

Corrie LLC is a left-leaning educational consulting firm that provides critical race theory-aligned diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting services to schools in the Chicago area. The firm was founded and is operated by Corrie Wallace, a left-leaning self-described “anti-oppression educator” and consultant on “intersectional social justice issues.” The firm mostly consults for school districts in the Chicago area and Wallace has also consulted for or spoken at events for the Illinois Principals Association, FullCircle Leadership, and the Evanston-Skokie School District 65. [1] [2] [3]

The company was among the firms profiled by Parents Defending Education in its “Consultant Report Card,” which uncovered through public records research that the Evanston-Skokie School District 65 paid the firm $316,375 for “Consulting: Cultivating Opportunities for Respectful Reflection on Identity Through Education.” [4] [5]

Background

Corrie LLC is operated by Corrie Wallace, a left-leaning consultant who worked as the leader of equity programs for Niles Township High School District 219 and has described herself as an “anti-oppression educator.” [6]

The firm’s largest contract publicly available was awarded in 2016 for development of a racial equity program for the Evanston-Skokie School District 65. The program was titled “Cultivating Opportunities for Respectful Reflection on Identity Through Education.” The plan presented to the school district included “equity walks” for Wallace to assess District 65’s policies, procedures, and curriculum through a “racial equity lens.” The firm then developed a five-to-ten year action plan to implement its suggested changes while continuing to provide training and “awareness” programs for teachers and administrators. [7]

Consultant Report Card

Corrie was profiled by right-leaning advocacy organization Parents Defending Education as one of dozens of left-leaning consulting firms that provide consulting services on critical race theory-inspired diversity, equity, and inclusion issues to schools. [8]

Parents Defending Education identified at least $316,375 in spending by the Evanston-Skokie School District on Corrie LLC’s services over a three-year period. [9]

People

Corrie Wallace is the founder and owner of Corrie LLC. Wallace’s consulting work and previous positions have centered around promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in public schools. Wallace’s first jobs in education was running English as a second language programs at local school districts in Illinois. She taught Spanish at Evanston Township High School early in her career and later was the director of Niles Township Schools’ English-language-learning program, where she ultimately became the director of equity programs for the Niles School District. Wallace is a founding member of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders and is the Chicagoland SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) coordinator. Wallace is also a board member for Open Communities, a fair housing corporation, and has consulted for left-leaning educational consulting firm Full Circle Leadership. [10]

Wallace has presented to conferences including the National Refugee and Immigrant Conference, the Illinois Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents, AP Dream Deferred and Preparate, School Social Worker Association of America, the International Latino Studies Conference, the Courageous Conversations About Race National Summit, and the White Privilege Conference. [11]

References

  1. “Corrie LLC.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/corrie-llc/ ^
  2. “Partners.” FullCircle Leadership. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://fullcircleleadership.org/partner-facilitators-staff/ ^
  3. “Corrie Wallace.” Illinois Principals Association. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://ilprincipals.org/presenter/corrie-wallace/ ^
  4. “Corrie LLC.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/corrie-llc/ ^
  5. “About the Consultant Report Card.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed October 28, 2021.   https://defendinged.org/case-study/about-the-consulting-report-card/ ^
  6. “Corrie Wallace.” FullCircle Leadership. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://fullcircleleadership.org/partner-facilitators-staff/#corrie ^
  7. “D65 Racial and Educational Equity.” Corrie Wallace. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://www.district65.net/cms/lib/IL01906289/Centricity/Domain/537/D65%20Eq%20BOE%208-29-16.pdf ^
  8. “Corrie LLC.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/corrie-llc/ ^
  9. “Corrie LLC.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/corrie-llc/ ^
  10. “Corrie Wallace.” FullCircle Leadership. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://fullcircleleadership.org/partner-facilitators-staff/#corrie ^
  11. “Corrie Wallace.” FullCircle Leadership. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://fullcircleleadership.org/partner-facilitators-staff/#corrie ^
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