Equity in Education:
A Global Challenge

Connecting Changemakers. Accelerating Change.

Meet the Fellows

Join A Community of Changemakers

About the Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased educational inequalities highlighting the growing global crisis surrounding student and teacher wellbeing. Research shows teachers and students are more stressed, anxious and depressed than ever before. These issues are at the heart of our Equity in Education Challenge.


Phase 1: Open Innovation Workshops
A series of four interactive workshops pairing Steelcase research into wellbeing with tools to discover, define, develop, and deliver new ideas.

Phase 2: Fellowship Program
Up to 15 Fellows will be supported with capital, tools, and a two-month program designed to boost their organization’s culture of innovation.

Who’s invited to join

Educational Institutions: Educators and administrators from preschool to post-secondary educational institutions.

Social Enterprises, NGO’s and Government: Individuals from organizations focused on supporting students, teachers, and/or schools facing inequities.

How might we leverage this time of global disruption to reimagine equity and wellbeing in our teaching and learning environments?

Open Innovation Workshops

The December workshop registration is now closed. Sign up to receive updates for our next Open Innovation Workshops.

Through a series of four 60-minute virtual workshops you will learn tools to discover, define, develop, and deliver new ideas. You will gain insight and feedback from others while contributing to a greater understanding of issues related to wellbeing and equity.

This phase concludes with an optional virtual Demo Day when you can pitch your idea to be considered for the Fellowship Program. All content will be delivered in English. This commitment will take 10-12 hours over a period of two weeks.


You can register either individually or as part of a team from one organization. If participating as a team, please make sure each member registers separately.


Tuesdays and Thursdays on December 8, 10, 15, 17
Optional Demo-Day on Tuesday, December 22
Virtual Sessions from 17:00-18:00 GMT

Review the Terms and Conditions for the Steelcase Equity in Education Challenge here.

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Fellowship Program

What to Expect

Up to 15 Fellows will be selected to receive tools, training, and support to advance their work focusing on equity and wellbeing in education. The Fellowship Program
will consist of 60-minute virtual workshops, guest lectures, and ad hoc support to address challenges that arise in early stage development.

A Fellow’s organization will receive $5,000 to support the development of a prototype and its test. Additionally, if the Fellow’s organization has a staff larger than 5, they will receive a one-year subscription to IDEO's Creative Difference to help advance their culture of innovation.


Individuals will be notified of their selection the week of January 4, 2021.

The Fellowship Program will run on Tuesdays + Thursdays from February 2 to March 25, 2021.

About Steelcase Social Innovation


Steelcase’s Social Innovation Lab was born out of the belief that breakthrough ideas are possible when organizations foster a culture of innovation. We connect change makers and support new prototypes that make a positive social impact by hosting public challenges based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.