Anti-Racist Change: A Conceptual Framework for Educational Institutions to Take Systemic Action

To achieve racial equity in education not only do individuals’ mindsets need to be shifted to a more anti-racist ideology, but the institutions in which they work need to make profound anti-racist changes as well. Therefore, we revisit two sets of literature, research on anti-racism and organizational change, to explore what actions and leadership attributes could foster actual institutional change for racial equity. However, we do acknowledge the limitations of each body of research. Anti-racism research is more so ideological and theoretical and does not operationalize specifically how to take action against racism, and the organizational change research largely overlooks equity discussions, especially race. Yet, when combined, the two sets of research offer a more actionable framework for educational leaders. Thus, we merge key concepts from anti-racism and the organizational change literature to present a conceptual framework that leaders in both PK–12 and higher education institutions can use to be accountable for facilitating broad level systemic anti-racist change.

Resource Info

Resource Type

Journal Article


Published by

Teachers College, Columbia University

Authored by

Anjalé Welton, Devean Owens, Eboni Zamani-Gallaher


Anti-racism and Decoloniality
Systems Strengthening
Teaching and Learning