Equity & Belonging: Community Voices

Perspectives, stories, and experiences around equity, inclusion, and belonging.

List of 20 news stories.

  • Interview with Sarah Hernandez, Head Librarian

    Sarah joined College Prep this summer. We sat down with her to talk about her approach to librarianship as well as the barriers to academic publishing for BIPOC authors and how she’s working to dismantle those barriers through the curation of the Library’s collection of books and her newly launched Library Site.

    After receiving a BA in History from Trinity University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sarah has worked in a variety of library spaces, including public and academic libraries. Sarah has instructed learners in all stages of their academic careers through the research process and encourages students to examine the barriers in producing knowledge and history-making. She is excited to bring this passion to College Prep and looks forward to working with students and faculty to build up the collection and support their learning and teaching.
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  • Interview with Alexandria Osei-Amoako, Dean of Equity and Belonging

    We look forward to welcoming Alexandria Osei-Amoako to College Prep this summer!

    Having received her BA and MA from Sarah Lawrence College, Alexandria Osei-Amoako has worked with students of all ages in diverse educational settings, including Teach for America, KIPP DC: Promise Academy, and, most recently, High Tech High Elementary Mesa in San Diego. A self-described lifelong activist and learner, Alexandra has worked for more than a decade to help schools institutionalize equitable practices. She shares that her driving question is, “How can we utilize collective thought, power, strength, and diversity in order to re-envision institutions of power and privilege?”
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  • NPHC Interview with Hannah Krenn and Guadalupe Vasquez

    Student leaders at College Prep have created a wide range of programs for the community that engage in awareness-raising, effective advocacy, and meaningful action for social justice and service leadership. We sat down with Hannah K. ‘21 and Guadalupe V. ‘21, two student leaders of NPHC (No Place for Hate Coalition), to talk about the program and their experiences.
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  • Racial Equity and Belonging Update & Response to BSU Demands

    On February 1, our Black Student Union (BSU) shared a set of demands with the administration and the community. These demands represent the voices of students who are earnestly invested in seeing College Prep live up to its mission; as such, we thank these student leaders for providing critical perspective and urgency to this winter’s equity and belonging work. Additionally, College Prep continues to build on the progress of last semester and created a summary of major actions, based on both what students are asking be prioritized, as well as standing goals. Please click here to see College Prep’s response to the BSU Demands and our commitment to ensuring that we are a safe and just school.
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  • Honoring Black History/Liberation Month, Part 4

    Every day this month, in addition to other activities, faculty and staff in the College Prep community are sharing stories and biographies of Black Excellence and Black Joy. Here are the community bulletin board highlights from week four of Campus News.
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  • Honoring Black History/Liberation Month, Part 3

    Every day this month, in addition to other activities, faculty and staff in the College Prep community are sharing stories and biographies of Black Excellence and Black Joy. Here are the community bulletin board highlights from week three of Campus News.
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  • Honoring Black History/Liberation Month, Part 2

    Every day this month, in addition to other activities, faculty and staff in the College Prep community are sharing stories and biographies of Black Excellence and Black Joy. Here are the community bulletin board highlights from week two of Campus News.
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  • Response to BSU Demands by Monique DeVane, Head of School

    To our BSU and community—good morning. A week ago at Assembly, I shared that, along with a number of other administrators, I’d received a letter with a list of demands from the Black Student Union. I’m returning to our Assembly space to respond to that letter because I believe that how we speak to and with each other matters. We are bound together in a hard moment, trying to do critical work. We need to root ourselves in a collaborative spirit, so I want to both model and invite that. I know that there are stakeholders who may not be here with us here today, so I’ll also be sending the full text of this response to Trinity Thompson, BSU’s advisor, as well as making sure that it is sent to each of you and posted on the school’s social media.
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  • Honoring Black History/Liberation Month, Part 1

    Every day this month, in addition to other activities, faculty and staff in the College Prep community are sharing stories and biographies of Black Excellence and Black Joy. Read on for excerpts from our community bulletin board, Campus News.
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  • The Partners Program: Student Mentors Create Peer-to-Peer Anti-Hate Trainings

    College Prep student mentors are an integral part of Partners and its mission to serve Oakland public middle school students in academic summer and afterschool programs. Samuel Beltran, Director of The Partners Program, describes how veteran student leaders are applying their anti-hate training in the creation of a peer-to-peer student training program for new mentors.

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  • Understanding Impact: Changes to our History Curriculum

    This year, the History Department faculty met with student affinity groups on campus to discuss and understand the social-emotional impact of the curriculum. We sat down with Johanna Lanner-Cusin, History Department Chair.

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  • BSU Student Leadership: Personal Perspectives

    As College Prep renews its commitment to centering the work of racial justice across all aspects of school life, student leaders on campus are energized and focused, engaging their peers and teachers in meaningful ways. We sat down with the student leadership of the Black Student Union, Gisele S. ’22, Isaac C. ’21, Sydney G. ’22 and Joy J. ’22 to hear how the events of this past summer and their personal experiences at College Prep have shaped their perspectives as leaders.

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  • Inside the Admission Office at College Prep

    From expanded community outreach efforts to creating new admissions events designed to reach more BIPOC families, the Admission Office is actively embracing the strategic equity and inclusion work that is happening at College Prep. Read on to hear how Evie Koh, Director of Admission, describes the exciting changes and plans underway.

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  • LifePrep: Centering Hands-On Equity and Inclusion Work

    The LifePrep program has undergone some major changes this year. By partnering with a local experiential education and equity and inclusion program, The Mosaic Project, the newly redesigned course works to create a space for students to develop essential skills in cultural competency and anti-oppression work. Trinity Thompson, Director of Experiential and Community-Based Learning, describes the program changes and what the School has planned for the future of LifePrep.

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  • Trustee Equity & Inclusion Committee: On Governance

    The Board Committee on Equity and Inclusion, chaired by Dr. Sue Lin and Liane Randolph, continued to meet this summer to discuss the trustees’ ongoing commitment to centering racial equity across College Prep. We caught up with the co-chairs to ask about how they view the role of governance at the School at this critical moment.
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  • Student Leaders Participate in the CPS Summer Leadership Institute

    This past summer, over 50 student leaders were invited to attend the newly formed College Prep Summer Leadership Institute, a three-day event over Zoom that focused on giving students the opportunity to learn more about themselves and leadership through an equity and inclusion practice. We sat down with Nina ’21 and Adya ’21, to talk about their experiences.
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  • Re-examining the English Curriculum at College Prep

    Through many emails, social media, and candid conversations this past summer, we heard from our current students and parents, faculty, staff, and alumni about the need to audit and make changes to the School’s culture and curriculum. Read on to see how Jhoanna Infante, English Department Chair, collaborated with fellow teachers to review and adjust the English curriculum.
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  • Equity and Inclusion: Our Progress

    Head of School, Monique DeVane, reflects on some of the critical, ongoing equity and inclusion work at College Prep this summer. With new programs and initiatives for the community, as well as continued opportunities for growth, she discusses what she feels most excited about and what challenges she sees ahead.

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  • Faculty and Staff Come Together in E&I Workgroup

    Chaired by Spanish teacher, Tania Triana, and co-facilitated by the Director of Equity and Inclusion, Jeremiah Jackson, the Faculty and Staff Peer Equity Workgroup launched in 2018 creating a space for our professional community to share their interest or expertise in equity, inclusion, or social justice work. Read on to hear about their experiences and takeaways from this past year.
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  • Constitutional Law Through an Anti-Racist Lens

    When Dan Song transitioned from practicing law to teaching history at CPS, he brought with him a love of learning and a passion for the law. Dan has taught history courses for our younger and older students, but he finds his Constitutional Law elective especially rewarding. Read how it’s evolved to include the study of law through an anti-racist lens.
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E&B Resources

Having Conversations about Racism
How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations, a TED Talk by Howard C. Stevenson 

Courageous Conversations About Race, a conversation by Glenn Singleton 
Understanding Racism and Inequality in Education
How Schools Can Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices, a video with participants and faculty from the 2017 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute 

Inequality at School: What’s Behind the Racial Disparity in Our Education System?” an American Psychological Association article

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