Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


The Upper Arlington Education Foundation is aligned with and supports the goals and plans of the Upper Arlington City School District. Our mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for each and every student and we are proud to provide resources for programs and projects focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

We value the unique experiences and backgrounds of our community of donors, fund advisors, staff, board members, volunteers, and school district employees as we work together to further our mission. 

Upper Arlington is an excellent school system, but there is work to be done. We take seriously the importance of students feeling a sense of belonging, safety, and inspiration to reach their full potential.

Looking forward to 2021 and beyond, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation will

  • Assess our own processes and policies, including grantmaking, to ensure equity among students;

  • Provide continued board and staff development opportunities in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion that will allow us to continue to support the strategic vision of the School District;

  • Partner with our community to ensure needed resources are available to those who are working passionately on behalf of each and every student in Upper Arlington. 


To provide access to meaningful opportunities for each and every student.





An inspired and thriving community of learners.






Honoring Community

Our expectation of quality and love of neighbor is recognized in all that we do.


Fostering Connections

We nurture relationships and cultivate partnerships for yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


Supporting Innovation and Leaders

We fuel ideas and creativity in the classroom and beyond.


Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

All are welcome and have equitable access to opportunity.


Giving Generously

Our hearts are big and our passion is education.


Being Responsive

We listen and learn to align our giving.

to support meaningful opportunities for students that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

LEARN MORE about Upper Arlington's own remarkable Black History - The Pleasant Litchford story & legacy Two Part Discussion Series.

In part 1, we looked at “hidden roots” - how the story of Pleasant Litchford went dormant in Upper Arlington until rediscovered by the authors of Secrets Under the Parking Lot. We heard from historians, archeologists and scholars on the uncovering of that history. You can watch the recording of that discussion here: https://youtu.be/d9b2yX7kNPQ

In part 2, we looked at “new growth” - how we will take care of the history of Pleasant Litchford and steward his legacy into the future so generations to come know he was part of the roots of Upper Arlington. We heard from city officials, school officials and the descendants of Pleasant Litchford.

You can watch the recording of this discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuW5uuz-so

If you would prefer to make a donation by check, please mail to:

Upper Arlington Education Foundation

1950 N. Mallway Drive

Columbus, OH 43221

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Contact Us



614-487-5007 ext. 1120 


1950 N. Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH 43221


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