I am an educator and consultant focused on equity. I create holistic, anti-bias learning environments for adults and youth, locally and nationally.
I acknowledge the extensive privilege I have been provided in this life and consciously utilize every day to enact meaningful positive social change. I strongly believe that access to quality education, nature, and empowering community spaces should be available to all people. My work is a synthesis of my unique expertise, focused passion, and articulate response to significant gaps of equitable, holistic education.
Given the dominant American culture of racism, classism, heterosexism, and sexism, people must act deliberately to counteract their own biases as well as systemic inequity. Without critically examining dominant culture as well as our own social lenses, we often continue cycles of injustice without even realizing it.
My youth program, Youth Leaders Emerge, weaves together leadership, connections with Nature, equity literacy, personal reflection, peace building, and active community engagement. My adult work focuses on equity and inclusion, effective communication and empowering learning climates.
I have designed, facilitated and managed programs for agencies and schools including: Milton Academy, Outward Bound Adventures, Community of Unity, Boston Natural Areas Network, New Jersey Community Development Corporation, Outward Bound, CityScience, New Design High School, Ramapo for Children, WHEDco, The Appalachian Mountain Club, US National Park Service, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Steve’s Camp, Flavorpill, Liberty LEADS, Bank Street Graduate School, The University of Houston, and The Nature Conservancy.
I have participated in workshops and trainings with:
Positive School Climate Building:
Ramapo for Children
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
I received my M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership from Bank Street Graduate School and my B.A. from Bates College. I live in Berkeley, California with my wife and daughter.
“Ethan Kerr is an innovative, dedicated, educator. He embraces all that is important as we shape the adults of tomorrow. Committed to young people and to developing their positive ideas about inclusion, his understanding of the challenges young people face is unparalleled.”
-Dottie Pitt, Former Milton Academy Lower School Principal
“Ethan is a master facilitator and I remain in awe of his ability to navigate such sensitive subject areas with grace, respect, and consideration for everyone involved.”
–Brigitte Griswold, Director of Youth Programs, The Nature Conservancy