In July 2020, Brooklyn Center Community Schools created a new Equity Department to assist in creating equitable learning experiences for all students.
“We believe that school systems can change if the oppression rooted in the origin and maintenance of public schooling is replaced with a justice-centered paradigm,” said Nuhu Sims, Equity Director. “We hope to continue to create schools and learning opportunities that recognize the humanity of every person in our community and create conditions for humanity to thrive.”
To enact this belief, we aim to engage with every possible district and building initiative to ensure that voices, bodies, and identities are not rendered silent or invisible. Using qualitative and quantitative methods of research and analysis, the department intends to challenge and change district practices that are rooted in the pathologizing of communities of color in schools.Through this work, we hope to inspire the BC community to speak their dreams for freedom and justice into existence.
You can find updates on department specific initiatives via this web page and our bi-monthly newsletter entitled: Freedom Dreams. Borrowing from the seminal historian Robin D.G. Kelley, who believes that freedom fighters have taken many forms, we believe that dreaming of freedom is a critical step in working toward a more just future. We look forward to being on this journey with all of you.
The Equity Team includes the following members:
- Nuhu Sims, Equity Director
- Ryan Oto, Research and Equity Coordinator
- Asha Omar, Equity Teacher
- Tom Parks, Equity Teacher