Events

IDRA 50th Anniversary Reception in Washington, D.C.

Featuring remarks by

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cynthia “Cindy” Marten,

The Honorable Joaquin Castro &

The Honorable Teresa Leger Fernández

Host Committee

Legal Defense Fund

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

National Coalition on School Diversity

Seek Common Ground


In 1973, a small group of concerned citizens set out to challenge inequities in Texas public schools and defend all students and their right to an excellent and equitable education.

Since then, IDRA has grown into a national non-profit that influences policy; guides school leaders and teachers; conducts research; and creates powerful student and parent leadership programs.

IDRA’s work focuses on students of color, emergent bilingual students, and students from families with limited means across the U.S. South, particularly in Texas and Georgia.

As we celebrate 50 years, we also honor those who’ve worked in collaboration with us to ensure every student receives a high-quality education that prepares them for college and a powerful future.


Deputy Secretary Marten also offered this 46-second message…



See and download photos from our Flickr account.

Photos by Roma Vista Photography.

When: July 19, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Location: The Capitol View at 400
444 North Capitol St NW, The Hall of States
Washington, D.C. 20001