About us

Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools (VCESES)

The VCESES  is a statewide coalition led by a multicultural and multigenerational group including: people of color from various racial and ethnic groups;anti-poverty, disability rights advocates; and LGBTQIA advocates.  Our coalition includes elders, students, parents, educators, and organizations.

Between November 2017 and January 2018 the VCESES solidified and began its groundbreaking work of drafting the Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group bill.  This idea was inspired by the pioneering work by Oregon’s Ethnic Studies Coalition in passing HB 2845, which established statewide Ethnic Studies for Oregon K-12.

On January 31, H.794 was introduced by Representatives Kiah Morris, Selene Colburn, and Kevin “Coach” Christie, and quickly gained momentum and popularity as a priority piece of legislation for individuals, educators, and families statewide.

The bill narrowly missed passage in the 2017-2018 legislative session and passed the house and senate unanimously in 2019.  On March 29. 2019, the bill was signed into law! 

Download our brochure to learn about our goals and the people who lead this coalition.