SMART Center 2021 Virtual Speaker Series with Dr. Ilene Schwartz & Ginger Kwan

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Dr. Ilene Schwartz & Ginger Kwan: "Using a Racial Equity Theory of Change (RETOC) to Facilitate Collaboration Between University Researchers and a Community Based Organization​"

April 7th, 2021

Open Doors for Multicultural Families and the Haring Center for Inclusive Education have been working together to increase the capacity of programs and provides to meet the needs of diverse children and families who have disabilities. Recently they have worked through a process to create a joint Racial Equity Theory of Change (RETOC). In this presentation they shared how this collaboration between a community based organization (CBO) and a university-based program came to be and what they do to support this partnership. They also introduced the RETOC process and share the results of our process.


  • Become familiar with the RETOC process
  • Increase knowledge of variables that support the collaboration between CBOs and university-based organizations.



This recording is part of the UW SMART Center's 2021 Virtual Speaker Series. Learn more and register for upcoming events in the series here.

Ginger Kwan, Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Ilene S. Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D Dr. Ilene SchwartzIlene Schwartz & Ginger Kwan is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Education at UW. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions. She has had consistent funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990 and serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model reschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997; and is currently working on projects to improve the quality of inclusive educational services in Washington state for students in P-12.

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