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Focused on the Mission


Our Approach

Data, Implementation, and Sustainment

The Anti-Racism Leadership Institute led byTracey A. Benson Consulting strives to be the launching pad for meaningful change and improvement toward racial equity for individual school systems. Our firm specializes in designing comprehensive racial equity audits, custom needs analysis, diagnostic racial equity evaluation, strategic planning and implementation, and anti-racist leadership development.Through our domestic and international collaborations with state agencies, school districts, colleges and universities, and education-based organizations, we have improved the lifetime outcomes of students of color by being laser-focused on solving the most intractable, contemporary racial equity issues.

We are led by Dr. Tracey A. Benson, one of the leading experts on culturally responsive education frameworks and our work derives from his years of research on systemic inequities in education and unconscious bias in schools. Our firm strives to provide guidance and support to leaders who espouse a commitment to equity. While we understand leaders as well as organizations have different starting points regarding their level of racial literacy, our goal with every partner is to help set a course of improvement directly linked to improving outcomes of students of color.

About Dr. Tracey A. Benson

Author, Academic-Activist, and Equity in Education Expert

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Dr. Tracey A. Benson co-authored the book Unconscious Racial Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism and has developed a comprehensive training program for district and school leaders that features a high-yield three-pronged approach to addressing issues of racial bias that impede the academic outcomes of students of color.

He received his doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his Masters of School Administration from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Tracey has served as a principal coach, high school principal, middle school vice-principal, district trainer, proficiency socialist, and elementary school teacher.

His research focuses on addressing structural and systemic racism in K-12 school systems. He has committed his career to leading for change, courageously addressing entrenched practices that impede lifetime outcomes of students of color, and coaching leaders towards implementing anti-racist, anti-bias policies and curriculum in K-12 schools.


About Dr. Crystal Harden-Lindsey

Lead Facilitator and Coach

Crystal Harden-Lindsey is an Executive Leadership Coach. The Baltimore native is a graduate of Morgan State University, where she earned a degree in Social Work and Mental Health. She then furthered her education at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Elementary Education. Lindsey completed her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in August of 2019. In addition to her work with Baltimore City Public Schools, she is a full time professor with Austin Peay State University. She leads the work of leadership development with a focus on anti-racist leadership practices.

Dr. Harden-Lindsey has been recognized for her work in the world of education. In 2014, Lindsey was

coined as a transformational principal as recognized by the Baltimore City Public School System for her work with community partners. In 2022, she has been acknowledged as a nominee for the Maryland Charter School Leader of the Year. Aligned to her strong beliefs in educational leadership, Lindsey works as a consultant traveling internationally supporting school leaders with developing culturally responsive practices within their schools. Ultimately, Lindsey believes, “when schools are inclusive, students have greater opportunities for positive academic outcomes.

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