ONN – Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos Fold At Head-Royce School Oakland
Oakland – Adult advisors to the Black Student Union and Latino’s Unidos at Head-Royce School located in the hills of Oakland, announced Thursday, December 5, they would be stepping down as adult sponsors of the student affinity groups following ongoing concerns that student groups and students with intersectional identities continue to be ignored. This has caused the two groups to cease to exist under the guidelines of the school. The Black Student Union and Latino’s Unidos offer an outlet for students of color and allies to talk about issues pertaining to identity, especially race, at an independent school where issues as these are often glanced over.
Students, feeling ignored and powerless, are looking for an outlet to speak out about the issues they face at the school. Over the past few years, the administration has failed to address issues of students saying racial slurs, faculty not being held accountable for placing students of color in uncomfortable positions, and not addressing the culture which Head-Royce possesses as a private institution which does not support its minority students. In spite of concerns from students and faculty, the school continues to boast about the school’s “diversity” and system which claims to support students of color and those with intersecting identities.
Students at the school are ready to escalate this issue, in light of the hate in our country and ignorance from our school which are displaying the same attitude of those running our country.
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