Link for Equity is a CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE system of support for children impacted by adverse child experiences.

About the Study

The goal of this study is to adapt, implement and evaluate a culturally responsive program of trauma-informed care for ACE-impacted children in 12 racially/ethnically diverse middle and high schools from Minnesota. We will determine if Link for Equity can effectively prevent school violence by:

  • reducing teachers’ racial discrimination,
  • increasing teacher-student connectedness and
  • reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder


As a community, we have witnessed the horror of police brutality against Black people with the killing of George Floyd. This tragedy is the latest in a long line of injustices that have devastated many of our communities.

Link for Equity aspires to advance racial equity through supporting schools in implementing trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices as they respond to students of color who have experienced trauma and adversity. We commit to take transformative action to respond to racism and injustice in our communities and to do so with humility learning from our school partners, parents, students of color and communities who are leading the way. That work begins now and we are committing to the following enhancements to our project:

  • Expand our family engagement and communication efforts to enhance family and community awareness and engagement with the Link for Equity work happening within schools
  • Amplify the voices of our students of color to ensure their experiences and ideas are reflected in Link for Equity curricula, tools, resources, and research procedures through conducting more student focus groups as well as recruiting students of color to our Community Advisor Board
  • Require anti-racism and anti-bias training for every Link for Equity research staff member, not just the cultural humility trainers

Link for Equity is a collaboration between the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


Funding for Link for Equity provided by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), award number R01MD013801.