A quote from Dirk Tillotson in black text on a white background. The quote reads, “Students who need and deserve the most tend to get the least, while the privileged magnify their advantages. That’s the system, I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.”
Dirk Tillotson was a passionate, fierce advocate for students and educational equity.

Equity Allies for OUSD Remembers Dirk Tillotson

This weekend, Oakland suffered a terrible loss when Dirk Tillotson, a fierce advocate for education equity in our city and beyond, was murdered during a home invasion robbery.

Those of us who serve in the Equity Allies for OUSD leadership were deeply shocked and saddened to hear this news, and want to extend our condolences on behalf of our organization to Dirk’s wife, Amina, and his son, Malcolm.

We also extend those condolences to everyone who worked with Dirk at his nonprofit, Great School Choices; on Great School Voices, his platform for improving the education system for kids throughout Oakland; and other projects he launched and with which he was involved. Dirk’s reach was wide, and his efforts were mighty.

If you aren’t familiar with Dirk, his work, and his perspective on schools and equity, you can read his words — which reflect the complexity, passion, humor, and dedication with which he approached his life’s work — on Great School Voices.

Great School Choices and its associated programs launched a GoFundMe to raise money to support his wife, who was also injured in the attack, and his son. We encourage you to support this effort and, in turn, Dirk’s legacy.



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