RACE AND EQUITY
The REC meets the first and third Tuesday nights of each month at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All members of the Roosevelt community are invited:
students, staff, family members etc. Please email us as firstname.lastname@example.org for info, and please check out our code of conduct for these gatherings.
The REC will also be hosting education sessions and co-hosting events with RARE (Roosevelt Alum for Racial Equity) throughout the year. Check back for more information and look for details in the eNews.
A Conversation with Jesse Hagopian: An award-winning educator (Garfield HS) and a leading voice on issues of educational equity, Jesse Hagopian is the co-editor of the books “Black Lives Matter at School” and “Teaching for Black Lives.” To register, text TableTalks to 41444 or join us via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Presented by Lincoln High School PTSA's DEI Committee and co-hosted by Ballard High School, Hamilton Middle School, McClure Middle School, Roosevelt High School and Whitman Middle School.
Seattle mayoral candidates answer your questions on racial equity! Racial equity is one of the burning issues of Seattle’s 2021 mayoral contest. Ask the candidates your questions in RARE's Zoom meeting on Monday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. Each candidate will be given 40 minutes. They will speak briefly regarding their experiences and priorities related to racial equity. The remainder of the time will be devoted to Q&A. The questions will come from you! Please click here to learn more and register.
REC at Roosevelt
The Race & Equity Committee (REC) - a group of parents, students, and teachers - formed in 2020 as part of the PTSA’s Anti-Racism Resolution
adopted in June. We are motivated and determined to help RHS be an inclusive environment where families, students, and teachers from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We want RHS to be a community in which kids thrive and become the best they can be. We are a working group, focused on two initiatives:
1. Education: Provide anti-racism educational experiences and conversation opportunities to encourage a common understanding of the issues among RHS families
2. Support for victims: Make the reporting process for harassment and abuse transparent and accessible to RHS students
Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) is a multi ethnic group of RHS graduates who have teamed up to try to bridge the racial divide by holding discussions and pursuing projects related to racial equity issues. One project is to offer two annual scholarships of $5,000 each for economically disadvantaged students of color at Roosevelt High School – the James A Davis Jr Memorial Scholarship – with the first awards to be made to graduating seniors in the spring of 2021; the other is a documentary film about how voluntary busing and integration affected RHS and its students, both then and today. Please visit the RARE website to learn more, to get involved, apply for the scholarship, or make a donation.
Help Build Seattle's Racial Equity Website
The City of Seattle is creating a new racial equity website and is looking for community advocates, nonprofit staff, researchers, students, and others to take part in a usability study. Participants will take part in a 30-minute video call and will receive $25 for their time. A laptop or desktop computer is needed to participate in the call. For more information, email email@example.com, or click here to sign up.
Virtual Malcolm X Day Celebration Featuring Ilyasah Shabazz
Wing Luke Museum Presents “Community Spread: How we faced a pandemic”
This new exhibit examines the early days of the pandemic to show how uncertainty, fear, anti-Asian racism, and existing inequalities shaped the way COVID-19 has affected different APA communities. The exhibit honors the losses and hardships COVID-19 has brought and highlights the creativity, resilience, and mutual aid that APA communities have shown in their response. Learn how these communities have drawn on their cultural heritage and the legacy of community activism to face these challenges and reflect on the lessons we carry forward. Buy tickets here.
NAACP Youth Council
The NAACP Youth Council is a Seattle-based organization that advocates for racial equity and sensitivity policies in the Seattle Public School System. We were founded in 2017, with the goal of bringing youth voices into discussions on issues that affect them. We now represent over ten high schools in Washington State, with our members representing many ethnicities across those schools.
Learn about Seattle pioneer William Grose and efforts by the Africatown Community Land Trust to turn an old Seattle fire station into the William Grose Center for Culture and Innovation in this video.
A short summary in the Washington Post of “The long, ugly history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.”
Want to hear what Western Washington youth have to say about racial equity? Check out The Root of Our Youth.
Read about how some local families of color feel about returning to school buildings in-person in this Seattle Times article: Who will actually go back to school? Many families of color, kids with health issues don’t feel confident
PTSA Race & Equity Family Engagement Recap
The PTSA Race & Equity Committee held its first Family Engagement event last week. Over 40 parents, students, faculty, and prospective families attended. The group learned about the Race & Equity activities that have been underway at RHS for nearly a year, including teacher affinity groups and ongoing training on racism and inclusion, upcoming focus groups and school wide surveys to assess the culture and climate, the anti-racism resolution passed by the PTSA, and efforts to make it easier to report incidents. This was the first of a series of monthly gatherings intended to bring the community together to learn about each other, and to broaden our understanding of the complex issues we face in our schools and in our communities. The next event is on April 21st. Everyone is welcome! Registration information will be sent out closer to the date. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website for more info.
Washington State PTA Statement of Solidarity with Asian American Community
Washington State PTA (WSPTA) recognizes and acknowledges that all children are affected by violence against our fellow citizens. Last week's events in Atlanta add to a long history of abuse and inequity in our country. National PTA President Leslie Boggs stated, "National PTA condemns the shootings in Atlanta and other recent violence against Asian Americans. Our association stands firmly against racism in all forms and denounces all racial violence in our country. The acts of hate have a profound effect on the communities impacted, and our nation must do better." Read the full WSPTA Statement here.