It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our colleague and friend Dr. Erick Witherspoon passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday night at the age of 48 after a brief illness.
Erick was a much-loved member of the Generation Ready family and began with us in July 2013 as the California State Manager, eventually becoming our National Director of Equity. He had a passion for equity and justice and quickly steered Generation Ready into our Cultural Proficiency consultancy. Erick was passionate about pushing this valuable work forward not only across the country but also within Generation Ready. Many teachers, schools and districts across the country have grown and changed in their thinking and policies as a result of the great work that Erick has done. His legacy of positive change will live on for years to come.
Erick always believed that we needed to look at ourselves before we started judging others and telling them to change – he called it “the inside out” approach to equity. The words from the song “Man in the Mirror” remind us of how Erick viewed life.
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”
Erick will be missed by so many, his life bought so much happiness and enlightenment to those he touched in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.