Centering Youth

Student Advisory Council
We need students in grades 6-12 for the OEIB Student Advisory Council! Members of the SAC will attend monthly meetings with members of the OEIB team. SAC participants will provide input and feedback to the OEIB office on issues of equity in CPS and their schools. They will also report back to their respective school sites. The feedback they share will not be just about their respective schools but about their experience as a whole in CPS, so that adults can see what an equitable district should look like. We need two representatives from each upper school and one representative from each Learning Community at CRLS.

Interested or want to nominate a student? Please fill out this form.

Story Exchange
Based on the information that was gathered at the summit, a number of initiatives have been created Story Exchange is a social emotional/ healing centered engagement initiative through Narrative 4, which is Global organization dedicated to bringing students together across all kinds of differences for meaningful dialogue and storytelling. To address some of the social emotional needs of our students, we will be partnering with educators to facilitate story exchanges with scholars in grades 5-12th, and will be recruiting school counselors and social workers to become trained as well.

Educators, interested in having OEIB come to lead a Story Exchange in your classroom? Fill out this form or email Kini Udovicki.

CPS's 1st Youth Equity Leadership Summit
Youth are at the center of the work that we do in CPS, and to ensure that the youth perspective was at the forefront of our launch as the new Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (OEIB), the first event we sponsored was the Youth Equity Leadership Summit to explore: What does equity sound like, look like, and feel like?, specifically from the perspectives of our youth.

Overview of Work

In June, OEIB invited scholars from different affinity and cultural-based groups at CRLS to participate in small group listening sessions to share with us what a summit centering equity around their needs would look like. After the completion of the focus groups, we invited the youth leaders to design and facilitate the summit. Starting in July, we met with over 20 youth on a weekly basis and provided facilitator training to support them in the planning of the summit.

During CPS’s 1st Youth Equity Leadership Summit, over 120 participants gathered via Zoom. The summit featured a welcome from the Superintendent, CRLS alumni guest speakers and panelists, a student musical performance, and 4 workshops designed by and led by youth centered around the theme of “What does equity sound like, look like, and feel like in CPS?”

The event was entirely student-led and facilitated. Students facilitated both the main room, the small workshops, and the panel discussions. Facilitators were professional, poised, thoughtful, and respectful, which provided a space for participants to be engaged, vulnerable, and truthful. Participants talked about both personal and institutional experiences, and the impact that these experiences have had on their academic learning and social-emotional wellbeing. Most importantly, they shared suggestions as how to improve equity in CPS.

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Office of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

CPS Definitions of Equity and Racial Equity
In 2019, the Administration and School Committee adopted definitions of equity and racial equity.

Equity means that each student, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status will have access to the opportunities, resources, and support they need to attain their full potential.

Racial Equity means the absence of institutional and structural barriers experienced by people based on race or color, that impede access, opportunities, and results.

Achieving racial equity requires proactive and continuous investment in communities of color, who have endured centuries of systemic oppression. CPS is committed to dismantling structures rooted in white privilege, to hearing and elevating underrepresented voices, and recognizing and eliminating bias.

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