• Director Lailan Huen

    Lailan Huen, Program Manager

    As an Oakland native and proud graduate of Oakland public schools, Lailan Huen is honored to serve as OUSD's Program Manager for Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement.

    Huen's Oakland roots run deep. Her family first came to California during the 1850s and moved to Oakland's Chinatown in 1906. Lailan graduated from Skyline High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from Columbia University and a Master of Arts from The New School.

    Lailan has worked in education and youth development for over 18 years, running afterschool programs and youth leadership development training with Oakland Leaf, and The Avenues Project in East Oakland. She led the Town Researchers student research team with the OUSD Meaningful Student Engagement Office to lift up student voice and solutions for education policy reform, and conducted several youth-led participatory action research programs for education justice across the Bay Area. She has served on the Advisory Board for AYPAL: Building API Community Power and the Board of Directors for Youth Together, supporting youth organizing campaigns for education justice in Oakland and California.


    Lailan served as the Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Sandré Swanson on education, youth and community development, and authored a report for the California State Assembly on State School Financial Takeovers, evaluating the impacts and efficacy of the state's system of financial monitoring and receivership.  She engaged, learned and organized with diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander neighborhoods across the country in her work at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and worked with local organizations and national coalitions to advocate for equitable community development programs and policies for Asian Pacific Islanders on Capitol Hill.


    Lailan is excited to come back full circle to her own school district to lift up the voices of students who are often overlooked and invisible and be of service to students, families, and schools toward the social transformation project of unleashing the power and brilliance of Oakland students to change the world.


    Griffen Castillo, Racial Justice Fellow


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    Griffen Castillo (He/Him, They/Them) is an OUSD graduate C/O 2019 and currently attends San Francisco State University. An alumni of both Restorative Justice practices and All City Council, Griffen uses circle practices to strengthen relationships within their community and inspire radical social change. In this way, Griffen is currently working with APISA and the Racial Justice and Healing Taskforce to support the development and facilitation of district wide affinity circles and ethnic studies curriculum.


    Learn about our Targeted Literacy Teams IKUNA & AAYSP HERE


    APISA welcomes Student Interns, College Fellows & Community Volunteers to support our programs.


    Please e-mail lailan.huen@ousd.org with information about yourself, your experience, and your interests to get involved!


    Click here to learn more about our APISA Network & Advisory Collaborative!


    Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement
    Frick Middle School
    2845 64th Ave - Music Building

    Oakland, CA 94605







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    Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement is a targeted initiative of the Oakland Unified School District's Office of Equity.
    To learn more about the Office of Equity and other targeted initiatives, visit www.ousd.org/equity.