The Student Equity Advocates speak regularly with students about their lived experiences and offer a space for them to express their truth. We highlight some of those expressions here.
By centering the identities and perspectives of African American youth, we hope to offer a humanizing portrait of hope, resilience, courage, and authenticity that reminds us who is at the center of education.
By bringing the voices from the margins to the center, we offer a counter-narrative to the oversimplified and stereotypical images of historically marginalized youth in their own words.
In our first installment, we asked students how they were coping with the Stay-at-Home orders during COVID-19. Included are responses from representatives of PPS's Student Voice and Student Envoy initiatives.
We discovered messages of hope and encouragement amidst loss.
- What are the top needs facing you and your family right now?
- What are you most grateful for during this time?
- What have you grieved the most during this time?
- What is something new you learned that you wouldn’t have learned in your everyday “normal”?
- What is one thing you wish your future self would have told you about preparing for the pandemic?
- What advice would you give to your peers and younger generation about getting through this difficult time?
Contributions to history by African Americans should be celebrated - always and all year round!
Read, learn and reflect as PPS students at Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy share and explain to educate us. Black History is American History.