CUSD Against Racism
CUSD Against Racism is a student-led organization devoted to combating racism and amplifying BIPOC voices in Capistrano Unified School District.
We promote our activism through a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
Mobilizing students through protests and rallies, community events, workshops, board meetings, social media, and civic engagement
Combating racism and changing campus culture at each school site through our CUSD task forces
Collaborating with the district administration and officials
Communicating with civic leaders, concerned parents, legal experts
Working with the Cultural Proficiency Task Force to provide a student perspective
The spark for CUSD Against Racism came in June of 2020 when the co-founders of CUSD Against Racism organized a Black Lives Matter protest in San Juan Capistrano, California.
While organizing, we had discussions about how we can engage community members at the event to not only protest but to take local action. We wanted to take concrete steps, and we realized that our experiences in the Capistrano Unified School District as students of color were far from welcoming. That's when the idea for CUSD Against Racism was born.
Throughout the entire summer of 2020, we met through Zoom on almost a daily basis throughout the summer, forming student task forces, meeting with community members and creating an action plan.
With the support of students, adults, and teachers, our organization has built a platform around curriculum and discipline reform, equity and student well-being.
We envision an equitable school district where all students can thrive and feel comfortable and safe going to school regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, income level, or sexuality. A place where all students have a voice, and all students have the opportunity to see themselves represented. We envision a district that prepares students to become thoughtful and respectful members of the diverse society that we live in, and that empowers students to challenge injustices on both an individual and systemic level. We envision a district that embraces the notion of transformative justice to cultivate campus cultures that are anti-racist and actively promote inclusivity.