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Democrats for Education Reform Chooses Long-time Educational Equity Advocate as New York State Director

Crisanta Duran

Crisanta Duran
New York State Director, Democrats for Education Reform

Seeking a leader to represent marginalized youth

Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a national political organization that gives students of color and students living in poverty better access to quality schools. It does this by supporting elected Democrats and candidates who seek to expand policies and practices that support New York’s public school students and by confronting those who do not. The organization asked Edgility for help finding an exceptional candidate to represent the voices of marginalized students in its New York State Director role.

Educational equity top of mind for advocate Crisanta Duran

Before moving to New York, Crisanta Duran served in the Colorado legislature for eight years where she held the distinction of being the first Latina Speaker of the House. A strong advocate for educational equity, Duran passed legislation to address funding equity, carried a bill to expand in-state tuition to undocumented students, and created workforce development pathways to ensure students and their families have access to economic security. Both Edgility and DFER immediately recognized Duran’s background and long-standing commitment to education equity as a perfect fit for the New York State Director role.

Fighting for equality during the pandemic

A longtime advocate for traditionally excluded students, Duran will actively ensure that elected officials address the inequities many students face–and that became particularly visible during the COVID-19 crisis. 


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We believe equity isn’t a box to check. It’s a daily action. Someone’s unique identity isn’t something to overcome–when paired with the right opportunity, it becomes one of their greatest professional assets. We exist to empower social impact organizations to recognize and overcome unconscious bias, racism and sexism so they can build a workforce that reflects and strengthens the communities they serve.