San Francisco Educators Collaborate to Celebrate Black History Month and Address Educational Inequities

In honor of Black History Month, the United Administrators of San Francisco (UASF), AFSA Local 3, along with the United Administrators of San Francisco Emeritus, Local 3E, recently came together with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for an enlightening event aimed at tackling educational disparities and celebrating the achievements of African American students.

The event, held at the Bayview-Hunters Point Southeast Community Center, served as a platform for current educators and administrators to share insights and strategies aimed at breaking down barriers and fostering opportunities for enhanced learning success within San Francisco schools. Attendees were treated to an informative presentation as part of the African American Achievement & Leadership Initiative (AAALI), a program launched in 2013 with the mission of addressing the inequitable outcomes experienced by African American students in SFUSD.

Through AAALI, recommendations are provided to interrupt the longstanding patterns of disparity in educational outcomes. The initiative holds both SFUSD departments and city agencies accountable for ensuring African American students receive a high-quality educational experience. Moreover, AAALI provides a vital platform for African American students, parents and community leaders to voice their concerns and contribute to meaningful change within the education system.

AFSA Executive Vice President Lauran Waters-Cherry, who attended the event, expressed admiration for the collaborative efforts between the union, school district and AAALI. "The partnership between the union, school district and AAALI is not only impressive, but clearly makes a tremendous impact toward improving the lives of black students," she said. "What an incredible presentation."

The choice of venue, the Bayview-Hunters Point Southeast Community Center, held significant meaning for attendees, as it stands as an area rich in history and pride for African Americans who migrated to San Francisco.

The event served as a powerful reminder of the importance of collective action in addressing educational inequities and celebrating the contributions of African Americans throughout history. As Black History Month continues, initiatives like AAALI and collaborative efforts between stakeholders remain essential in driving meaningful change and ensuring that all students have access to quality education and opportunities for success.