“Our impact widens and deepens when we engage in the work as a collective.”
Our Core Values
All of our services are driven by our core values of Community Building; Intersectional Justice; Authenticity; and the belief that our work is most effective when Everyone Thrives. OCI knows that those who work most intimately with the community are directly connected to the solutions. We see ourselves as catalysts; we support the emergence of the vision and offer project management support so that your goals are actualized.
Community Building - Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Your work is also our work. Our commitment to our partners is to facilitate deep collaboration and community building among your stakeholders, so that we cultivate a school culture characterized by love, joy, safety and wellness.
Intersectional Justice - Our “why” is grounded in liberation. OCI designs solutions informed by the experiences and voices of those most impacted by the myriad, intersecting forms of marginalization. We render visible the needs of your most resistant and unconnected learners, so that we may create policies, practices and programming that serve them and all students well.
Everyone Thrives - We believe that teaching is a vocation, and the classroom is a sacred space. Thus we know that within the school community, adults and children are able to heal, develop, flourish, and make progress towards their fullest potential.
Authenticity - We vow to show up as we are. We bring our unique ways of knowing, lived experiences, and creativity to each partnership, knowing that when we operate from our core values and convictions, we demonstrate to our partners that they are safe to do the same. We create environments in which everyone can show up as they are.
Dr. Kendra Carr
Kendra Carr, Ed.D. is deeply committed to transformative programming that addresses the needs of youth from BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) and marginalized communities. For nearly a decade, she served as Principal, Vice-Principal, and Dean of Students at an all-girls high school in Oakland, CA that served predominantly BIPOC, low-income girls. During her tenure, she introduced restorative justice as an institutional practice and created opportunities for students, families and community-based organizations to partner to support student engagement and achievement. Dr. Carr received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Education with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of CA.
Sharifa Washington, M.Ed.
Sharifa Washington, M.Ed.
educational consultant and co-founder of Our Collective Impact LLC has served in various leadership roles within public, charter, and alternative education and has worked with middle and high school BIPOC students and families. For the past 15 years, equity and inclusion has guided her work, understanding the urgency to ensure that students are centered through learning environments that foster educational opportunities, intervention support, wellness, and leadership growth. Her goal has been to provide all stakeholders with equitable experiences being inclusive with diversity of voice and support that is collaborative and restorative. Sharifa received a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Educational Teaching from Alliant International University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary's College of California. Sharifa is CEO of Revision Publishing LLC, a published author, podcast host, entrepreneur, and mother.