South Dakota Education Equity Coalition
Sarah White, Oglala Lakota (she/her), is the Founder and Executive Director of the South Dakota Education Equity Coalition (SDEEC). Sarah grew up in Rockyford, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota. She has more than 11 years of experience working and advocating for Indigenous Education within various roles including Title VI Indian Education Programs, at Rapid City Area Schools in South Dakota and at Omaha Public Schools in Omaha, Nebraska. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s of Education degree from Creighton University, and a PK-12 Administrator endorsement from the University of South Dakota.
Sarah is a current board member of The Rapid City Club for Boys, Liber Institute, Mahpiya Luta Owayawa (Red Cloud Indian School), Oceti Sakowin Community Academy, and Elevate Rapid City. She is also a 2019 Bush Fellow, 2021 Class Member of Leadership South Dakota, and a facilitator for Wisdom for Good Personal Formation Retreats.
Sarah is a passionate advocate of Indigenous education whose work seeks to elevate the urgent narrative of Indigenous education through the lens of community. Her desire in this role is to create a cohesive and collaborative effort to identify and implement solutions that address our shared concerns regarding Indigenous education. Sarah is a mother to 4 sons.