Equity & Belonging: Community Voices

Perspectivas, historias y experiencias en torno a la equidad, la inclusión y la pertenencia.

List of 15 news stories.

  • TEDXWilmington talk with College Prep parent, Lisa Bonta Sumii


    Lisa Bonta Sumii, a College Prep current parent and psychotherapist, gave a TEDXWilmington talk titled My Heart Is Browner Than My Skin: The Intersection of Race, Mental Health & Sport about her search for belonging as a Fillipino and white woman and how she was able to cope with her mental health struggles through sport. In this TEDX talk she also discusses her journey as a mixed race woman to discovering that skin color doesn't reflect all of her identities and how that discovery has led to her work with elite athletes in the Bay Area on mental health and sport performance. https://youtu.be/p9SiaJTPES0 
  • Interview with Dr. Valaida Wise


    As part of College Prep's ongoing commitment to centering the work of racial justice and equity across all aspects of school life, Dr. Valaida Wise was selected to conduct an Equity Audit. We had a conversation with Dr. Wise about her experience in education, what an Equity Audit entails, and her excitement about working with College Prep.

    Dr. Wise received her Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from George Washington University. She also holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinity College. She has served as the Head of School at the National Child Research Center in Washington DC, The Harbor School in Bethesda, MD, and Henson Valley Montessori School in Prince Georges County MD. She is currently on the faculty at John Hopkins University, Baltimore in the School of Education. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Creative Minds International Public Charter School in Washington DC, and sits on the board of other schools and institutions in Maryland. You can find out more about Dr. Wise through her website.
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  • PAEBC Speaker Event: Supporting Gifted Students of Color


    The Parents’ Association Equity and Belonging Committee welcomed Dr. Frank Worrell for an evening presentation and discussion with parents. We were honored to host Dr. Worrell, whose work is internationally recognized. Currently, he is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Social and Personality Area in the Department of Psychology and is the President-Elect of the American Psychological Association.

    Dr. Worrell shared some of his research, focusing on topics of particular interest to the College Prep community: the psychology of high performance, the role of cultural identity in educational outcomes, and talent development as a framework for gifted education. In a wide-ranging presentation, Dr. Worrell addressed both general issues and some of the special burdens minorities face in predominantly white school settings. Dr. Worrell’s findings offered insight into the protective factors that cultivates resilience in the face of stereotype threat and other impediments. To learn more about Dr. Worrell and his work, please click here.

    Thanks to the PAEBC for continuing to support important conversations with our parent/guardian community.
  • Interview with Sarah Hernandez, Head Librarian


    Sarah joined College Prep this summer. We sat down with her to talk about her approach to librarianship as well as the barriers to academic publishing for BIPOC authors and how she’s working to dismantle those barriers through the curation of the Library’s collection of books and her newly launched Library Site.

    After receiving a BA in History from Trinity University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sarah has worked in a variety of library spaces, including public and academic libraries. Sarah has instructed learners in all stages of their academic careers through the research process and encourages students to examine the barriers in producing knowledge and history-making. She is excited to bring this passion to College Prep and looks forward to working with students and faculty to build up the collection and support their learning and teaching.
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  • Interview with Alexandria Osei-Amoako, Dean of Equity and Belonging


    We look forward to welcoming Alexandria Osei-Amoako to College Prep this summer!

    Having received her BA and MA from Sarah Lawrence College, Alexandria Osei-Amoako has worked with students of all ages in diverse educational settings, including Teach for America, KIPP DC: Promise Academy, and, most recently, High Tech High Elementary Mesa in San Diego. A self-described lifelong activist and learner, Alexandra has worked for more than a decade to help schools institutionalize equitable practices. She shares that her driving question is, “How can we utilize collective thought, power, strength, and diversity in order to re-envision institutions of power and privilege?”
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  • NPHC Interview with Hannah Krenn and Guadalupe Vasquez


    Student leaders at College Prep have created a wide range of programs for the community that engage in awareness-raising, effective advocacy, and meaningful action for social justice and service leadership. We sat down with Hannah K. ‘21 and Guadalupe V. ‘21, two student leaders of NPHC (No Place for Hate Coalition), to talk about the program and their experiences.
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  • The Partners Program: Student Mentors Create Peer-to-Peer Anti-Hate Trainings


    College Prep student mentors are an integral part of Partners and its mission to serve Oakland public middle school students in academic summer and afterschool programs. Samuel Beltran, Director of The Partners Program, describes how veteran student leaders are applying their anti-hate training in the creation of a peer-to-peer student training program for new mentors.

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  • Understanding Impact: Changes to our History Curriculum

    This year, the History Department faculty met with student affinity groups on campus to discuss and understand the social-emotional impact of the curriculum. We sat down with Johanna Lanner-Cusin, History Department Chair.

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  • Dentro de la Oficina de Admisión de la Preparatoria de la Universidad

    Desde la ampliación de los esfuerzos de divulgación en la comunidad hasta la creación de nuevos eventos de admisión diseñados para llegar a más familias del BIPOC, la Oficina de Admisión está adoptando activamente el trabajo estratégico de equidad e inclusión que se está llevando a cabo en College Prep. Sigue leyendo para escuchar cómo Evie Koh, Directora de Admisiones, describe los emocionantes cambios y planes en curso.

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  • Comité de Equidad e Inclusión de Fideicomisarios: Sobre la Gobernanza

    El Comité de la Junta sobre Equidad e Inclusión, presidido por la Dra. Sue Lin y Liane Randolph, continuó reuniéndose este verano para discutir el compromiso continuo de los fideicomisarios de centrar la equidad racial en toda la preparación para la universidad. Nos pusimos al día con los co-presidentes para preguntarles cómo ven el papel del gobierno en la Escuela en este momento crítico.
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  • Los líderes estudiantiles participan en el Instituto de Liderazgo de Verano de la CPS

    El verano pasado, más de 50 estudiantes líderes fueron invitados a asistir al recién creado Instituto de Liderazgo de Verano de College Prep, un evento de tres días sobre el Zoom que se centró en dar a los estudiantes la oportunidad de aprender más sobre sí mismos y el liderazgo a través de una práctica de equidad e inclusión. Nos sentamos con Nina '21 y Adya '21, para hablar de sus experiencias.
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  • Reexaminando el currículo de inglés en la preparación para la universidad

    A través de muchos correos electrónicos, medios sociales y conversaciones sinceras este verano pasado, escuchamos a nuestros actuales estudiantes y padres, profesores, personal y ex-alumnos sobre la necesidad de auditar y hacer cambios en la cultura y el plan de estudios de la Escuela. Continúe leyendo para ver cómo Jhoanna Infante, presidenta del Departamento de Inglés, colaboró con sus compañeros para revisar y ajustar el plan de estudios de inglés.
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  • Equidad e inclusión: Nuestro progreso

    La directora de la escuela, Monique DeVane, reflexiona sobre algunos de los trabajos críticos de equidad e inclusión que se están llevando a cabo en College Prep este verano. Con nuevos programas e iniciativas para la comunidad, así como oportunidades continuas de crecimiento, habla de lo que más le entusiasma y de los retos que ve en el futuro.


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  • La facultad y el personal se unen en el grupo de trabajo de E&I

    Presidido por la profesora de español, Tania Triana, y co-facilitado por el Director de Equidad e Inclusión, Jeremiah Jackson, el Grupo de Trabajo de Equidad entre Iguales de la Facultad y el Personal se puso en marcha en 2018 creando un espacio para que nuestra comunidad profesional comparta su interés o experiencia en el trabajo de equidad, inclusión o justicia social. Continúe leyendo para conocer sus experiencias y comentarios del año pasado.
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  • El derecho constitucional a través de un lente antirracista

    Cuando Dan Song pasó de ejercer la abogacía a enseñar historia en el CPS, trajo consigo el amor por el aprendizaje y la pasión por la ley. Dan ha enseñado cursos de historia para nuestros estudiantes más jóvenes y mayores, pero encuentra su electiva de Derecho Constitucional especialmente gratificante. Lea cómo ha evolucionado para incluir el estudio de la ley a través de un lente antirracista.
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