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Oneonta For Equality envisions a community where students of all races, religions, nationalities, sexualities, and gender identities feel equally safe, heard, and supported. It uplifts & amplifies the voices of marginalized people in the Oneonta City School District and the broader community by providing support & advocacy for students and acting as a resource for educators around issues of race & equity.

Initiatives

Curriculum:

Create elective(s) for Black Culture & African History, including Black pop culture.

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Include more comprehensive Black History in existing history classes

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Add more diverse culture & history lessons to home economics classes

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Offer optional college prep for HBCU’s as early as 9th grade, letting students of color know there is a place specifically for them, & providing better & earlier preparation for college.

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Offer a seminar geared toward black girls specifically, providing education about adultification & fetishization of black women.

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Provide a closer examination of the books taught in classes

Student Engagement

& Support:

Create Cultural Club for all ethnicities, including things like cooking & music classes. Get parents involved too!

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Implement Big brother/Big sister/Mentorship program. Alumni could be involved too!

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Incorporate more inclusive cosmetology, providing info about natural hair & skin care, especially for mixed race students in white homes (could be tied to mentoring, clubs, BOCES)

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Share Instagram stories on diversity & inclusion

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Plan event(s) such as a picnic, bike rides, etc.

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Provide scholarships for students for college as well as class trips & senior class events

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Provide resources for students experiencing racial insensitivity, bias, & violence.

Advocate for OCSD To:

Provide sensitivity training for all faculty & staff to better equip educators to create a culturally sensitive & appropriate classroom environment where all students can thrive.

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Evaluate statistics on suspension & retention rates in the district by race, & incorporate findings into staff sensitivity training.

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Incorporate personal stories of alumni into teacher training materials to draw attention to the sorts of things that shape students’ experiences in the district.

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Keep police presence out of OHS

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Support newly created race & Equity Team made up of parents, teachers, & perhaps some students (work closely with this group)