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ORGANIZING, ADVOCATING, AND TAKING ACTION FOR EQUITY IN OUSD 

© 2019 • Equity Allies for OUSD

Who We Are

Equity Allies for OUSD is a group of parents and community members who want equity in opportunities, access and outcomes for all children in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) schools.  

 

Our Vision

To leverage funding, policy, and collective commitment to dismantle the structural inequities in the Oakland Unified School District.  

Our Values

  • COMMON GOOD: Public education is not a commodity, nor a marketplace. It is a public service that provides opportunity for the full community of Oakland’s children, not just our own. 

  • EQUITY: We believe every public school in Oakland should provide a meaningfuln  educational, meaningful experience for every child, regardless of race, gender, or economic background. 

  • EMPATHY: Wherever possible, we examine challenges in our community through the lens of the people most affected by them. We listen to everyone in an effort to truly understand all sides of the issues confronting our city’s public education system.  

  • SELF-REFLECTION: We recognize that by doing this work, we may enter spaces in which our role and privilege could actually hinder progress. We commit to examining our own privilege, identifying our blind spots, and admitting we don’t have all the answers.

  • COMMITMENT: We show up to do the work even when it is difficult or uncomfortable.

  • PARTNERSHIP:  We work closely with other groups and organizations committed to an equity agenda.  We are part of the Justice 4 Oakland Students (J4OS) coalition, an umbrella group that coordinates activities between numerous organizations in Oakland working for educational and social justice.  Additionally, we maintain contact and engagement with a range of groups and organizations who organize within low-income communities of color in Oakland and who are creating opportunities to bring Oaklanders together around issues of equitable access and outcomes for our children. 

 

Key Milestones

  • Raised $100,000 from 230+ donors and donated it back to 10 OUSD schools in May 2019

  • Launched our Equity Fund in September 2018

  • Hosted 2nd Equity Forum in September 2018

  • Launched our website, March 2018

  • Organized within our own school communities to fight against site-based budget cuts to OUSD schools in November / December 2017

  • Co-Sponsored Forum on School Closures in Oakland with OUSD School Board member Shanthi Gonzales

  • Held our first Equity Forum in April 2017, attended by 150+ parents, educators, organizers, students, and community members from across all of Oakland 

  • Began informally meeting in November 2016

Leadership Committee

 

Nilofer Ahsan

Elinor Buchen

Genie Gratto

Jessica Gray

Rachel Latta

Jonathan Osler

Yvette White

* Please contact us if you are interested in joining our LC

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