Leadership for Educational Equity
Marcus Ceniceros is the director at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) in Houston, Texas. He supports current and former educators to build the individual and collective skills needed so they can advocate for their students, organize their communities, have access to leaders that create education policy, and become public/elected leaders themselves. Marcus has directly engaged over 700 educators in Houston through one-on-one coaching and group leadership development training over the past three years. He’s also facilitated learning leading towards increased civic engagement across the country for hundreds of other LEE members.
Marcus advises ONE Houston (the Organizing Network of Educators), a regional community organizing group. The collective has addressed policy issues impacting the school-to-prison pipeline and ran successful actions to influence local school district policies affecting over 11 million dollars of funding, terminating exclusionary discipline practices, and reallocating resources to include restorative justice practices. ONE Houston is deeply engaged in issues impacting DACA/undocumented students and their families. In coalition, they supported the release of an undocumented student from ICE detention at the height of uncertain immigration policy change.
Marcus began a career in education after graduating with a degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin by joining Teach For America. He spent eight years with KIPP teaching primary school in Houston, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chicago, Illinois. Marcus and his husband, Chong-Hao Fu, who also works in education, spend their time with family, cooking vegan meals, and considering their roles disrupting anti-racist and inequitable practices in schools and their community.