The Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) is one of four Equity Assistance Centers (EACs) funded by the U.S. Department of Education and authorized under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. WestEd operates the WEEAC in partnership with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and Attendance Works.  

The WEEAC is critical to ensuring that all students, regardless of their race, sex, national origin, or religion, have equitable access to high-quality education. By law, the Center serves Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.   

 Recognizing that everyone benefits when equitable opportunities to succeed in school are available to every child, we provide technical assistance and training—upon request from school districts and tribal and state education agencies—to promote equitable education opportunities and resources. 

With our partners, our staff bring significant expertise to the region in the following areas:  

  • issues related to desegregation;
  • efficient project management;
  • delivering federally funded technical assistance;
  • deep knowledge of the region;
  • successful leadership of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West since its inception in 1966 and of Regional Comprehensive Centers in the region for more than 17 years; and
  • exceptional partnerships with federally funded centers outside of WestEd.

Project Director
Niki Sandoval

Associate Project Director
Kandace Jones