For-profit

Enid Lee Consultants

Website:

elliotteducationalservices.com/   

Location:

Los Angeles, California

Type:

For-profit DEI Consultancy

Principal Consultant:

Christina Hale Elliot

Enid Lee Consultants is an educational consulting firm based in California that provides critical race theory-aligned “antiracism” workshops, consulting, and speeches on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Enid Lee Consultants was founded and is led by Enid Lee, a left-of-center activist. [1]

Background

Enid Lee Consultants was founded and is led by Enid Lee, a left-of-center activist. [2] The firm, which supports beliefs aligned with critical race theory, offers a variety of “anti-racist” services to educational and education-adjacent institutions, including coaching, courses, classroom visits, webinars, workshops, “equity audits,” custom curriculum designs, staff demonstrations, and “mentoring with an anti-racist equity lens.” [3]

The firm advertises its “Equity Tool,” a set of 54 cards with questions meant to prompt reflection. For instance, “When I reflect on the achievement data along racial and linguistic lines among my students how can I fine-tune or change my systems for greater equity?” Additionally, the firm offers a heavily discounted “digital download” version of the equity tool, which buyers can access as a pdf. [4]

According to the firm’s website, the firm has worked with the Kitayama and Pioneer Elementary School in Union City, California. [5]

Activities

In the summer of 2001, Enid Lee Consultants participated in an “equity institute,” a collaborative event featuring educators from different institutions in the United States and Canada, at the Walker Center, an ecumenical organization based in Newton, Massachusetts, collectively examining what it means to “put race on the table.” [6] The firm’s testimonials page includes a list of six unattributed plaudits from participants at this event, affirming their commitment to the firm’s objectives. For instance, one testimonial reads, “I will start to look at my curriculum through an anti-racist lens,” and another, “I’ll definitely be less quick to dismiss statements people make about racism.” [7]

In July 2020, Teaching for Change, a left-of-center organization that focuses on supporting progressive social and economic policy, hosted Lee as a Harriet Tubman Fellow with grant funding from the Open Society Foundations, a private grantmaking foundation created and funded by billionaire financier and liberal philanthropist George Soros. [8] [9] During that time, Lee spoke at Teaching for Change events and gave presentations to teachers in coordination with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Washington Teachers Union, a labor union representing District of Columbia Public Schools teachers affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers. [10] [11]

On February 29, 2020, Lee presented a workshop at the Washington Teachers Union, at the organization’s Shared Vision Conference. [12]

Enid Lee

Enid Lee is the founder, namesake, and principal consultant of Enid Lee Consultants. Additionally, Lee is a virtual scholar with Teaching for Change. According to the Enid Lee Consultants website, she is an “anti-racist professional development specialist.” [13] In that vein, in an interview in the Fall 2021 issue of Western University’s Alumni Gazette, Lee notes, “I don’t have to wonder, ‘Why is this happening?’ I understand it’s structural and systemic” in explanation of the beginning of her personal slogan, “Expect Racism.” [14]

References

  1. “Enid Lee Consultants.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/enid-lee-consultants/ ^
  2. “Enid Lee Consultants.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/enid-lee-consultants/ ^
  3. “Our Services.” Enid Lee Consultants. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.enidlee.com/services ^
  4. “Equity Tool.” Enid Lee Consultants. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.enidlee.com/equity-tool ^
  5. “Testimonials.” Enid Lee Consultants. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.enidlee.com/testimonials ^
  6. [1] “Mission and Vision.” Walker Center. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.walkerctr.org/our-values-and-mission.html ^
  7. “Testimonials.” Enid Lee Consultants. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.enidlee.com/testimonials ^
  8. “Who We Are.” Open Society Foundation. Accessed November 29, 2021. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/who-we-are ^
  9. “Teaching about Elections.” Teaching for Change. Accessed November 29, 2021. https://www.teachingforchange.org/teaching-elections. ^
  10. “Mission and History.” Washington Teachers Union. Accessed November 29, 2021.  https://www.wtulocal6.net/mission_history ^
  11. “Harriet Tubman Fellowship in D.C.” Enid Lee Consultants. July 23, 2020. Accessed November 23, 2021. https://www.enidlee.com/news/harriet-tubman-fellowship-in-dc ^
  12. “Enid Lee Presenting Workshop at the WTU 2020 Shared Vision Conference.” Enid Lee Consultants. February 21, 2020. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.enidlee.com/news/enid-lee-presenting-workshop-at-the-wtu-2020-shared-vision-conference ^
  13. “Enid Lee.” Enid Lee Consultants. Accessed November 22, 2021. ^
  14. Mussa, Idil. “A Lesson in history.” Western University Alumni Gazette. Fall 2021. Accessed November 22, 2021. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e4de9ebba76284336d90266/t/6169f23f43cf282d042bdab4/1634333248088/Enid+Lee+Alumni+Gazette+fall-2021+2.pdf ^
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