Education Equity


Communities United for Quality Education (CUQE): Parents organizing for equitable and quality education!

Through Communities United for Quality Education (CUQE), CU develops the leadership of  parents and community members from across Chicago to improve the quality of public education and advance education equity for neighborhood schools. Through CUQE, over 4,000 parents have been engaged to advance efforts to support and strengthen Local School Councils (LSC), equitable investments in neighborhood schools, advance restorative justice practices, and building strong community schools. 

Contact Jessica Estrada at [email protected] or 773-583-1387 for more information.

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is a core Communities United project. VOYCE develops a leadership pipeline of low-income youth who are directly impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline. The VOYCE leadership pipeline works to advance safe and supportive school climates, and promotes the expansion of restorative justice practices and other trauma-informed supports, such as increasing resources for mental health in schools. Through VOYCE, young people have created the nation’s most comprehensive statewide school discipline reform (Illinois SB100), which ended zero tolerance discipline policies at all publicly-funded schools in Illinois, placed stronger standards on the use of exclusionary discipline, ended practices such as discipline fines and counseling out, and created a thoughtful framework to expand restorative practices in schools.

In 2018,  VOYCE youth leaders launched the Rethinking Safety Campaign, a campaign working to end the reliance on law enforcement in schools and expand resources for mental and behavioral health supports in schools. 

For more information about VOYCE or  get involved, please contact Maria Degillo at [email protected] or at 773-583-1387.