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    The Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement (APISA) Initiative lifts up the diverse API populations in Oakland for every student to thrive, achieve and succeed in OUSD.

    The APISA Initiative will:

    1. Build a strong network of staff, families, youth leaders, and community groups throughout Oakland supporting all API students to achieve and thrive.

    2. Ensure that OUSD’s systems, infrastructure, and school content are serving and reflecting the diversity of our over 45 Asian and Pacific Islander populations.

    3. Lift up the stories, experiences, and histories of our API students to inform and create empowering, safe, supportive, and inclusive community schools.




    The Chinese Exclusion Act Film / Dialogue / Workshop

    Saturday, May 12  |  10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
    The Oakland Asian Cultural Center  |  388 9th St, Oakland, CA

    RSVP @ bit.ly/exclusionactevent

    This May, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, APISA and the Sanctuary Schools Taskforce along with Chinatown community organizations and the Center for Asian American Media will host a screening of the new PBS documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, a groundbreaking documentation of largely forgotten history of the anti-Chinese movement across the Western United States from the mid-1850s to World War II. APISA will lead a community discussion afterward, and OUSD teachers will lead a Curriculum Workshop sharing classroom activities our district is using to engage students this year, which will be launched nationally this year. Please join us for this unique opportunity to better understand our country’s history of immigration policy within today’s political context.


    Chinese Exclusion Act


    Chinese Exclusion Act Details



    Lailan Huen, Director
    Asian Pacific Islander
    Student Achievement

    Oakland Unified School District
    Office of Equity
    1000 Broadway, Suite 398
    Oakland, CA 94607



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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.
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