MISSION & Vision
Learn Together, Live Together (LTLT) is a diverse, grassroots coalition of education stakeholders based in Washington, DC passionate about promoting racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in schools.
LTLT envisions a world where all children have access to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments that will allow them to flourish academically, socially, and as adults in an increasingly diverse world.
Our mission is to understand, inform, and engage a wide range of diverse constituencies to build the public and political will necessary to support school diversity/integration.
How We Do Our Work
LTLT believes in expanding the tent of school diversity supporters in the 21st century. By understanding, informing, and engaging parents, students, community members, educators, policymakers, and other constituencies, LTLT is building a movement in support of school diversity/integration.
- Strategy #1: Informing and Awareness Building
LTLT will convene conversations and share resources to raise awareness and continually educate members about issues of school diversity and equity.
- Strategy #2: Understanding and Message Testing
LTLT will continually listen and information gather to develop, test, and refine messaging of school diversity/integration.
- Strategy #3: Engaging and Promoting
LTLT will be a known voice in support of school diversity and equity and work to build a broad, grassroots movement.
Principle #1: We Believe in Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Learning Environments
Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in schools is important, but it is not enough. We must pay attention to equity and inclusion to avoid promoting diversity that is merely superficial. True diversity/integration requires equitable resources and an inclusive learning environment so all children have the supports they need to be successful.
Principle #2: We’re Stronger When We Collaborate
School diversity is not just an educational issue, or a social justice issue, or an economic issue — it’s all of these at once. Educational equity one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced and we’re going to have to work together to solve it.
That means bringing parents, students, community members, educators, policymakers, and other constituencies of people together and building diverse, nonpartisan coalitions that are strong enough to educate and advocate for policies and programs that promote school diversity efforts at national, state, and local levels.
Principle #3: Mass Mobilizations Make Change
“Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever begin to live together.” – Justice Thurgood Marshsall, Milliken v. Bradley (1974)
The words of Justice Thurgood Marshall could not be more salient at this time. Now, when our nation seems to be growing increasingly divided, polarized by fear, anger, mistrust, and hate, is the time when we need to come together.
We need to convene and make our voices heard — that is how we demonstrate our power as a movement.