Profound Ladies: Teacher Diversity, Teacher Retention

Profound Ladies leads in diversifying the teaching force by recruiting and retaining women who identify as BIPOC. Teachers are supported as early as their sophomore year in college, through their critical years in education, and prior to the 5 year attrition mark.

We center the following elements in our core programming to create Trauma Informed Spaces for Black, Indigenous Educators of Color and use the Transformational Coaching Approach with our educators.

SEL Curriculum for Adults
Trauma-Informed practices
Affinity Work in collaboration with partners
Community based programming
Sense of Belonging

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State or Local? State
CountiesCumberland, Edgecombe, Guilford, Hertford, Mecklenburg, Nash, Pitt, Wake, Wilson
Lead Agency Profound Ladies, Inc
Type of Agency


Racial Equity Lens
  • Black Led Organization
  • Serving Black, Indigenous, People of Color
  • Centering Anti-Racist Practices
  • Anti-Racist approach
Community Voice
  • Teachers are on our staff.
  • Teachers are a part of our steering/advisory board.
  • Teacher voice is elevated and amplified in all levels of program.
  • 80 hours of professional development centered around Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Racism.
  • We’ve doubled our membership in over a year from serving 20 to 48 teachers!
  • Our remembers are working in over 8 counties in North Carolina.
  • We’ve cultivated a strong community of anti-racist educators.
  • We have been guest speakers at over 6 speaking engagements.
  • We have received state-level support to sustain our work (Z. Smith Reynolds, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Duke Energy, LENS-NC, and Belk).
  • We have gained National recognition and support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Next Steps
  • Expand our reach.
  • Support more teachers.
  • Influence legislation centered on teacher diversity and education equity.
Primary Partners
  • CREED – Center for Racial Equity in Education
  • ED NC
  • DPI
Primary Funders
  • Duke Energy
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
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