Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell Champions Steppingstone’s Work Toward Educational Equity

BOSTON, MA – Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell was the keynote speaker at The Steppingstone Foundation’s Annual Meeting on May 9. The meeting included members of Steppingstone’s four boards, program alumni, and current students. Discussion focused on updates on the organization’s programs and development of its forthcoming strategic plan.

“The majority of students that Steppingstone serves are students of color,” said Councilor Campbell of the organization’s efforts toward racial and educational equity. “This is not by accident. We can’t be afraid to talk about race, and we can’t shy away from talking about that
underbelly.” Like many of the students in Steppingstone’s community, Councilor Campbell grew up in Boston and attended Boston Public Schools.

Two years ago, she visited with more than 300 Scholars at the campus of Steppingstone’s six-week academic prep program. During this program, students use six weeks of their summer vacation to focus on both academic and social-emotional growth. “I want to thank Steppingstone for the work you’re doing,” Councilor Campbell said, reiterating the importance of the organization’s work. “It takes a tremendous amount of courage to name those inequities and then do something to change it.”

A first-generation American, Steppingstone alumna Sofia Teixeira doubled-down on the direct impact the program had on her life, saying that it helped her to become “an empowered black woman in corporate America.” Teixeira was a part of one of Steppingstone’s first classes and is now the first Head of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion at John Hancock. “This amazing organization,” she continued, “enables and empowers youth and their families to dream big dreams and to accomplish the unimaginable.”

Steppingstone President Kelly Glew also spoke at the meeting. The Steppingstone Foundation, founded nearly 30 years ago, is a Boston-based nonprofit that provides 12+ years of academic and social-emotional support to nearly 1,600 Boston students from traditionally marginalized communities each year to help them get to and through college. Steppingstone is also a partner of Boston Public Schools.

Watch Councilor Campbell’s full remarks here and Sofia Teixeira’s here.