• 2017-2021 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

     

    • Worked with Enrollment, Tech Services, Research Department, and AYPAL to implement historic 2016 Disaggregated API Data resolution to ensure that specific student populations are being monitored and served, including adding Tongan, Mien & Yemeni to collected categories.

     

    • Secured $300,000 for literacy initiatives to help improve literacy engagement at an earlier age for Pacific Islander and Arab American students with the lowest levels of literacy in OUSD, through family outreach for early childhood education enrollment and culturally responsive arts and narrative programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

     

    • Hosted first ever Pacific Islander College Nights in November 2018, December 2019, and March 2021 to provide resources and information regarding the college going process because of low college enrollment rates, with over half of all Pacific Islander high school students attending.

     

    • Through collaborative network efforts and raising the bar through the first ever Pacific Islander Honor Roll and Senior Celebration, OUSD saw the Pacific Islander graduation rate increase by an unprecedented 20% in the Spring of 2018.  GPAs have been going up ever since, and 2021 is the 4th Annual Spring Celebration of Excellence.

     

    • Launched the Southeast Asians RISE Fellowship program to lift up stories from Southeast Asian youth and sponsored QTAAYS! LGBTQIA+ Fellowship program for high school students.

     

    • Supported the development of the Oceania Collaborative and Oakland Pacific Islander Network across four major high schools (Skyline, Castlemont, Fremont, Oakland HS) to coordinate services, resources, and programs with the broader Pacific Islander community.

     

    • Hosted first ever Yemen Student Panel and Solidarity with Our Muslim Communities with Sanctuary Schools Task Force and Arab community leaders to educate staff on history, politics, and community needs.

     

    • Launched Takalam Arab Student Summer Program in collaboration with KDOL and the Arab Film and Media Institute to produce media featured at the 2018 and 2019 Arab Film Festivals.

     

    • Secured $10,000 from the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and supported educators to help elementary classes visit the historic detention center used during the Chinese Exclusion Act and World War II to learn about past and present immigration policies.

     

    • Screened the Chinese Exclusion Act documentary to 200 educators and community members to feature local Chinese American stories and share OUSD educator-developed curriculum workshops with the region.

     

    • Secured partnership with IWAY: Improving Wellness for Asian Youth to offer free workshops and resources for API youth to support mental health and wellness for a student population with high rates of depression, suicide, and stress.

     

    • Collaborated with Restorative Justice and the Sanctuary Schools Task Force to lift up history and healing for Khmer Cambodian students and families in OUSD who suffer from intergenerational trauma from the Khmer Rouge genocide.

     

    • Worked with college fellows to develop Southeast Asian American, Pacific Islander and Arab American curriculum absent from history textbooks, and established partnership with the Asian American Education Project to elevate K-12 curriculum on API communities.

     

    • Supported API students in All City Council to increase representation of voice and leadership to participate in OUSD policy and district-wide change.

     

    • Participated in 2018 History Curriculum Adoption Committee to ensure textbooks best reflect our diverse California communities, and engaged in updating Literacy Frameworks with an equity and culturally responsive lens throughout 2020-21.

     

    • Collaborated with the Oakland Education Fund for API Read-In Weeks in May at over 65 schools across the district.

     

    • Increased representation of diverse API young men in My Brothers Keeper Collaborative work to organize a youth summit for young men of color in Oakland.

     

    • Leading Equity, Culturally Responsive Practices, and Implicit Bias workshops at Cleveland Elementary to focus in central region feeder patterns with high proportions of API students.

     

    • Led Racial Justice, Equity & Healing, Implicit Bias & Culturally Responsive Practices professional learning community for Principals, Teachers and All Staff across OUSD at the New Teacher Institute, Principlal Leadership Institute and Professional Learning Days.

     

    • Co-leading Racial Justice & Healing Task Force with Behavioral Health, Special Education, Expanded Learning, Restorative Justice, and Teacher Support with district-wide professional development workshops.

     

    • Launched APISA Storytellers Project to hire youth interns to document and tell the diverse stories of API and Arab students and families at the 1st District-Wide Heritage Celebration in May 2021.

     

    • Launched A/PI/Arab & Black Student Solidarity Circles to address historical tensions and build relationships across cultural gaps.

     

    • Hosted A/PI/Arab Solidarity Convenings to bring educators, student leaders, and community organizations together to build relationships, share resources and opportunities, and advance a collective agenda together.

     

    • Worked with Dual Enrollment staff to establish more Asian American, Pacific Islander and Ethnic Studies course offerings in OUSD high schools.

     

    • Organized the "Speaking Out on Anti-Asian Violence" District-Wide Student Essay Contest in the Spring of 2021 to respond to escalating incidents of violence against our Asian American community.

     

    • Conducted youth-led listening campaign with 30 listening circles with Asian, Pacific Islander and Arab American students and families, and conducted 55 interviews with educators and community leaders to inform the development of the above programs and services.