A Note About Our Founder

Courtney Everts Mykytyn

Portrait of CourtneyIt is with the saddest possible hearts that we share the devastating news that our beloved Executive Director and Founder, Courtney Everts Mykytyn, passed away on December 30th, 2019. She was struck by a car in front of her house and was killed instantly.

In the last Integrated Schools podcast that was released before her death, Courtney and her co-host, Andrew Lefkowits, talked about Erica Chenoweth’s concept of the 3.5%, how meaningful social change really only takes a measly 3.5% of the population to engage. Courtney started Integrated Schools on a laptop in her dining room (or often, sitting on the roof of her house). She worked tirelessly to connect with parents around the world to talk about integration, and our responsibility in the work of social justice.

Through connections that were often deep and personal, Courtney grew this movement to one that boasts chapters in over 20 cities, an incredible advisory board of thought leaders and advocates in the education space, a dedicated parent board, a plethora of book clubs, publication of regular blog posts and more formal, to-be-released, resources for families, a dynamic social media presence that connects people from around the country, and, of course, production of a pretty remarkable podcast.

Below you will find articles about Courtney’s life and impact.

NY Times

LA Times

Mother Jones

The 74 

NPR – KCRW 

Washington Post 

National Coalition on School Diversity 

Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

School Diversity Notebook  

The White Pages

The Great Handshake

The Examined Life 

Submission to the Congressional Record by Rep. Bobby Scott

Chalkbeat  

Articles written about Courtney before her death:

LA School Report

Hollywood Reporter

Mother Jones

City Lab