The 2017 Bay Area Community Schools Network (BACSN) annual forum was hosted by the Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCi). CSCi would like to thank, the San Francisco Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the East Bay Community Foundation, and Hatchuel Tabernik and Associates for their generous support. The forum was attended by over 100 participants, representing schools, non-profits, and public agencies from the Bay Area and Northern California.
The forum started with a welcome from Sherry Novick, Kaiser Permanente, and Lisa Villarreal, the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority. Ms. Novick and Ms. Villarreal provided powerful examples of equity in action.
LaShawn Routé Chatmon, the National Equity Project, was the morning keynote. Ms. Chatmon challenged participants to understand that the community schools approach is a vehicle for obtaining equity. However, the true equity strategy is the people who do the work collaboratively to solve problems. Here are the slides from LaShawn’s presentation.
A panel of local experts discussed equity at the system level in the context of community school. The panel included:
- Maceo Payne, Lincoln and California State University East Bay
- Pam Pradachity-Demier, San Francisco Beacon Initiative
- Curtiss Sarikey, Stuart Foundation
- Marin Trujillo, West Contra Costa Unified School District
The afternoon keynote address from California State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond gave a brief overview on his commitment to community schools and how participants can engage meaningfully in policy development with a specific focus on upcoming bills that would have funding implications for community schools. Assemblymember Thurmond also spoke about how to advocate with your elected officials and answered questions from the audience.
The day concluded with four breakout sessions on equity in community schools focused on the following topics.
College and Career. Panelists discussed their work with youth and young adults as they prepare them for success in college and in their future careers.
- Linda Granger, Eden Area Regional Occupational Program
- Eric Guico, East Bay College Fund
- David Palaita, City College of San Francisco
- David Silver, City of Oakland
Trauma Informed Practice. Panelists shared how trauma-informed practices are a critical element to support equity in community schools.
- Faauuga Moliga-Puletasi, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc.
- Lyn-Tise Jones, Urban Services YMCA
- Martha Merchant, University of California San Francisco
- Stephanie Noriega, La Familia Counseling Services
Gender. This small group discussion focused on when gender programming is appropriate to support academics and how to balance gender programming with race and ethnicity-specific programming.
- Mariela Donis, Girls, Inc. of Alameda County
- Macheo Payne, Lincoln and California State University East Bay
Race / Ethnicity. Panelists discussed how to address equity issues with race and ethnicity specific programming within the community school context.
- Jerome Gourdine, Oakland Unified School District
- Sonja Neely-Johnson, West Contra Costa Unified School District
- Aaron Ortiz, La Familia Counseling Services
- Janet Amani Scott, West Contra Costa Unified School District
- Que Phan (Tammy) Vuong, University of California San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital and Support for Families with Disabilities
- Jora Atienza Washington, TEL HI Neighborhood Center