Seattle Public Schools invites each
high school in Seattle to create a Student Equity Team. The goal of
these teams is to engage student voice to support equity and race
relations across the district.
The Seattle Student Equity
Project will focus on three themes:
Equity and Race Relations
Bringing communities together
through open dialogue and honest reflection around what is
meant by racism and the impact is has on our society and
more specifically, students.
Student Voice Engaging
the perspectives and actions of young people in educational
activities that partner students with adults to improve
Combining powerful opportunities to help others with
substantial classroom learning goals.
Every Student Equity Team
will be invited to participate in a program that includes four
Ongoing Training for
students and adults focused on each project theme in order
to increase the capacity through knowledge-sharing and
of student perspectives about equity and race relations in
Seattle Public Schools;
Service Learning Projects
that are designed, implemented, and evaluated by
students in response to student-led evaluations, and;
through monthly meetings and training that encourage
students to share experiences and brainstorm responses.
Each school that creates a
Student Equity Team is requested to...
- Commit to fostering
school-wide culture that meets the goal of the project
- Attend training
events and meetings
- Conduct student-led
surveying and service-learning projects
- Meet on an ongoing
basis to plan, implement, and reflect on their projects
- Develop reports
and/or presentations of project findings and outcomes
findings and outcomes to school and/or district
Each team should be made of
- One adult
who students identify as an "ally" who is an administrator,
a teacher, a parent, or a support staff from your school who
can participate equally with students in all activities;
non-traditional and traditional student leaders representing
the demographics of your school, likely from 10th
and 11th grades, who can participate in regular
- Any number of
students and adults who can commit the time needed to
complete the project (approximately 1 hour weekly).
Students cannot just show up and
hope to get something from Student Equity Teams. Every student
has a vital roles where they...
Students should come to all
Student Equity Team events and...
- Be ready to
identify great ideas and take great actions
- Be willing to
participate as partners with adults in all activities,
including school-based and district-wide activities
- Be able to fully
participate in all school team activities as an engaged
- Are you a
“nontraditional” student leader?
- Do you have an hour a
week to change your school?
- Have you participated in
MESA class, cultural clubs, ethnic studies courses, social
justice clubs, community-based activities, etc?
- Are you in the 10th or 11th grade?
- Did you participate in
the Spring 2006 Youth Summit.
You don’t have
to fit that description – those are just ideas about students
we would like to see on board!
To learn more about Student Equity
Teams, please visit
To register a team, or for questions, please contact:
Raymond C. Williams
Equity and Race Relations Specialist, Seattle Public Schools
Phone: (206) 252-0238