A B O U T  U S

HISTORY

In 2016, Niketa Brar and Elisabeth Greer met on the Local School Council of National Teachers Academy (NTA) and began working together to advance their shared interest in promoting educational equity in their neighborhood. The next year, Chicago Public Schools announced interest in closing their successful elementary school and displacing NTA's majority Black, majority low-income students. The two women began working with friends and neighbors to strategize on how to address this inequitable policy proposal with a systemic response. 

That desire for systemic reform led to CUE's work to champion the use of a community-led policymaking process called the Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA). Since launching the REIA process to measure the burdens and benefits of closing National Teachers Academy and setting a national civil rights precedent in halting the closure, CUE has trained 200 people in the use of the tool, launched 4 more REIA processes, and has seen REIAs embedded in the blueprints of organizers and new government leaders across Chicago.

This work is anchored in CUE’s central purpose of connecting and amplifying the power of individuals to build a just, equitable, and inclusive city. Together, we are working to:

  1.  Build a network of ethical and effective racial justice advocates across Chicago’s civic infrastructure,

  2.  Demonstrate tools and models for equitable policies and practices, and

  3.  Develop citywide public accountability models for racial equity.

 

COMMUNITY

 

CUE is a community of racial justice advocates working together across neighborhoods, organizations, and policy issues. We're organizing, shaping narratives, leading advocacy, and reforming institutions to build the city we deserve. Our network connects across our Fellowship program, neighborhood & school reform efforts, and community events.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Niketa Brar

Executive Director

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Sofia Sabates

Manager of Finance and Operations

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Tiffanie Beatty

Senior Fellow, Arts,

Culture & Policy

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Paola Aguirre

Senior Fellow, Design,

Strategy & Engagement

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Iván Arenas

Senior Fellow, Research,

Process & Policy

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Rupa Ramadurai

Senior Fellow

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Imron Bhatti

Senior Fellow

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Vanessa Lee

Senior Fellow

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Elisabeth Greer

Co-Founder, Board of Directors

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Juan Sebastian Arias

Board of Directors, 2018 Fellow

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Fanny Diego Alvarez

Board of Directors

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Terri Johnson

Board of Directors

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Niya Kelly

Board of Directors, 2019 Fellow

she/her | bio

Ahmadou Drame

Board of Directors

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Jaime Arteaga

Board of Directors

he/him | bio

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Niketa Brar

Executive Director

she/her | bio

Sofia Sabates

Manager of Finance and Operations

she/her | bio

Tiffanie Beatty

Senior Fellow, Arts,

Culture & Policy

she/her | bio

Paola Aguirre

Senior Fellow, Design,

Strategy & Engagement

she/her | bio

Iván Arenas

Senior Fellow, Research,

Process & Policy

he/him | bio

Rupa Ramadurai

Senior Fellow

she/her | bio

Imron Bhatti

Senior Fellow

he/him | bio

Vanessa Lee

Senior Fellow

she/her | bio

Rachel Pate

Senior Fellow

she/her | bio

Tamela Meehan

Senior Fellow

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Marcos Ceniceros

Senior Fellow

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Adam Slade

Senior Fellow

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Elisabeth Greer

Co-Founder, Board of Directors

she/her | bio

Juan Sebastian Arias

Board of Directors, 2018 Fellow

he/him | bio

Fanny Diego Alvarez

Board of Directors

she/her | bio

Terri Johnson

Board of Directors

she/her | bio

Niya Kelly

Board of Directors, 2019 Fellow

she/her | bio

Ahmadou Drame

Board of Directors

he/him | bio

Jaime Arteaga

Board of Directors

he/him | bio

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