Co-Creating Equity Fellow Announcement

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is excited to announce that Kia Levey will be the first Equity Fellow. The Fellows Program was created to support our learning about racial and economic equity work in Connecticut and to provide a development opportunity for mid-career individuals interested in social justice philanthropy.

Kia Levey, MSW, is a passionate leader and dedicated advocate. A native of New Haven, Kia is deeply committed to igniting passions and unleashing the power of communities who are often silenced and ignored. As a mother of an 9 year-old son, she has a unique interest in quality educational opportunities for children of color who face inadequate access to resources and barriers created by institutional bias and racism.

Kia’s efforts toward this end has included working with the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance to coordinate statewide community panels focusing on the disproportionate discipline, suspension and arrests of students of color in CT schools. Also, in partnership with a group of local parents, Kia helped to found New Haven’s first charter public Montessori school with a focus on access to quality education and a foundational value of racial equity. As Fellow, Ms. Levey will create and initiate her own equity advancement project, and serve as a key participant in supporting the learning, design and implementation of exploratory activities for the Co-Creating Equity team.

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund was established in 1994 to improve the effectiveness of education by fostering personal growth and leadership in Connecticut. In 2015, in order to more accurately reflect its intentions and hopes, the Memorial Fund’s Board of Trustees decided to pursue a new mission:

To achieve equity in education by working with those affected and
inspiring all to end racism and poverty.