Charesha Barrett is the founder and president of CHARP Education Consulting (CHARPED), a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion (D&I) consulting and training firm. After 20 years witnessing first-hand how educational disparities contribute to school-to-prison and cradle-to-career pipelines, Barrett was prompted to launch CHARPED in 2014.
Barrett’s mission is to ensure that historically marginalized individuals are provided with a level playing field as it relates to social mobility. She illustrates her commitment to this cause through fostering collaborative partnerships with community organizations to design customized two-generational programming that simultaneously addresses the needs of both the children and the adults.
The foundation of Barrett’s experience was developed from her domestic and international roles in academic leadership, staff development, and program planning. She is a former instructional coach, learning coordinator, and teacher. In response to America’s demographic shift and increasingly divisive political climate, Barrett decided to expand her activities to include diversity and inclusion. Through her roles as advisor, trainer and facilitator, Barrett consults with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and educational institutions on meeting their performance and D&I goals through building and sustaining inclusive work environments for both their employees and clients.
This sought-after speaker has spoken nationally on teacher leadership, implicit bias, racial equity and cultural competency. In 2014, she participated in the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program in which she established cross-sectoral relationships with mid-career professionals throughout the country. She gained valuable skills in educational policy and leadership building through its rigorous professional development. Barrett has been involved in national initiatives such as the U.S. Teach to Lead, and recently spoke on cultural competency at its Family Engagement Summit. Her company’s commitment to action, “Excelling Hispanics to Prosperity,” was accepted by the White House Initiative on the Educational Excellence of Hispanics. The subsequent year, she published her first chapter titled “Using Mentorship to Transition Black Males to Prosperity” in the “Closing the Education Achievement Gap for African-American Males” book. As a YWCA-trained social justice facilitator, she cultivates empathetic leadership for communities and businesses with intentional and productive dialogue. Barrett addresses these pressing issues through having individuals negotiate their own social identities to establish common ground that values diverse perspectives.
This year, CHARPED, partnered with organizations such as When We All Vote, Cleveland History Center, and the Cleveland Foundation to host three community events that encouraged civic engagement and increased voter registration. Barrett is on a mission to unite our country by eliminating barriers and building bridges.
Barrett graduated from The University of Akron with a B.S. in Education. She has an M.Ed. in Supervision, as well as an M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development, both from Cleveland State University. In addition, she has an Administrative Specialist License in Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development.