Since its founding in July of 2020, CUSD Against Racism has been working tirelessly to launch a variety of projects to combat racism in Capistrano Unified School District and fight for equity across our school campuses. Below is a non-exhaustive list of what we have accomplished!
CUSD AGAINST RACISM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Co-hosted and organized a Lantern Festival of Hope to spread awareness around Anti-Asian sentiments in our community. Featured in the Washington Post, People, and ABC7.
Engaged students and community members to campaign, vote and elect members to the school board.
Black History Month Initiatives Across Schools
Put up posters across all high school campuses across the district in celebration of Black History Month.
Capitol Insurrection Petition
Released a petition calling for a statement from CUSD condemning the insurrection at the Capitol, as well as investigate an involved teacher. Collected over 5,000 signatures. Read the petition here.
Ethnic Studies Course Pilot
In the Spring of 2021, CUSD introduced a five unit ethnic studies pilot course into general through the online platform Apex.
Junior and senior students at all high schools across the district are taking the course currently and are offering feedback on how to improve the course before implementation.
In collaboration with UCI Law student Caleb Martinez, hosted a Know Your Rights workshop with 30+ people in attendance.
Workshop included advice on procedure to follow when interacting with police as a pedestrian, student at school, or at home. In addition we included a section on civilian rights if ICE comes to your door, as a pedestrian, or as a student at school.
Student Representation on Cultural Proficiency Task Force
Became members of CUSD’s Cultural Proficiency Task Force, and successfully fought for other student representatives to be brought on to the Cultural Proficiency Task Force.
Hosted a COVID-safe Women's March on October 17th.
Passing of Resolution
The Board passed Resolution No. 1920-63: Resolution Denouncing All Acts of Racism, Intolerance, and Unlawful Discrimination.
Collected over 850 testimonies from students, parents, teachers and staff detailing instances of racism.
Rally on June 24th, 2020
Successfully hosted a peaceful rally attracting 100+ CUSD students, alumni, teachers, and staff to raise awareness to the devastating racial experiences felt by CUSD students.