Lora Mei McManus serves as the PK-12 Chair of Equity & Instruction at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and an independent DEI consultant. As the product of two Los Angeles independent schools, she is deeply passionate about inspiring change from within. A former elementary and middle school teacher, Lora focuses specifically on actionable steps to reconcile school culture and create schools in which families and employees of color feel not only in the space, but of the space—the critical difference between inclusion and belonging. Lora has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction & Education Administration from Cal State Channel Islands where she authored Experiences of Discrimination and Microaggressions towards Women of Color in Independent School Headships.
This NSHSS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant is for educators who serve in rural areas, diverse student populations, or are actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community.