The Berkeley Unified School District stands with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and wishes to affirm its commitment to the safety and well-being of Asian American students, staff and community members. At its March 24, 2021 meeting, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education unanimously ratified a resolution denouncing hate crimes and bigotry targeting the AAPI community.
View the Recorind of BUSD’s 2022 Celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Hear us Roar! Celebrating AAPI Voices in the Year of the Tiger
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Special presenters included children’s book author, Innosanto Nagara, author of A is for Activist; Drag Queen Story Hour founding queen, Panda Dulce, who read celebratory AAPI stories; as well as the author of upper grades novel, The Samosa Rebellion, Shanthi Sekaran, who is also a BUSD parent!
Thank you to our generous donors for helping to make this event happen: Asian American Affairs and BAM PTA, Cragmont PTA, Rosa Parks PTA, and several AAPI families of BUSD.
Lifting Up BUSD Staff AAPI Voices
AAPI Heritage Month: May 2022
In celebration of our AAPI community, this year BUSD has introduced “Lifting Up AAPI Voices,” a campaign to share our staff AAPI narratives with our students and community by creating posters featuring the stories and experiences of AAPI staff. In May, these posters will be displayed at schools, work sites, on the BUSD website, in social media, and in district publications. Sharing these narratives with our students will allow them to deepen connections with AAPI adults in the district.
Thank you to all the BUSD staff who took the time to share their stories with us!
AAPI Reading Lists for All Ages
These reading lists, organized by grade level, represent books published in recent years that are devoted to uplifting Asian-American and Pacific Islander history, celebrating heritage, affirming identity, and promoting antiracism. Sharing these books is one part of our effort to develop anti-racist consciousness with and for our youth and ensure they know they are not alone and that they can speak out to help stop the spread of bigotry.
View the Recording of this Important AAPI Community Event
May 6, 2021
Hear Us Now: BUSD’S Asian American Community Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism
On May 6, 2021, BUSD’s Asian American community and district leaders held a discussion and reflection on anti-Asian racism with all members of the BUSD community invited.
Moderated by Berkeley School Board Director Ana Vasudeo, aand with panelists including Khatharya Um, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, U.C. Berkeley, as well as parent, teacher and student representatives of BUSD schools, this panel delved into not only the current crisis in the Bay Area and across the country over the past year as cases of anti-Asian racism in the form of discrimination, scapegoating, harassment and violence have skyrocketed, but also the historical roots of hate and racism against people of Asian descent in the U.S. The Panel also discussed how this prevailing racism has impacted Asian American students, families, teachers and staff of BUSD, and how allies can offer support in meaningful ways.
This event was held in partnership with BUSD Superintendent’s Office; BUSD School Board; the BUSD Office of Civil Rights, and a newly-formed group of BUSD AAPI parents, teachers, staff and students. (For more information about this group, please email: email@example.com)
BHS Educators Share Anti-AAPI Hate Stories
These videos from our own BUSD teachers are a powerful reminder of the pervasive impact of hate and systemic racism.
I am a Korean-American, first generation, and a proud Asian-American. I was not always able to say that I was a proud Asian-American. A lot of what I heard and experienced growing up made me feel like I shouldn’t be proud.
David An, Counselor at BHS
My sister and I still remember the boy a year older than me, who used to chase us home from school daily (or what felt that way for some time) calling us “Chinese” and yelling his slurs at us…I still remember his face.
Sometimes in front of his own mom, who once suggested to me he had a crush on me: the ways we’ve conditioned ourselves to rationalize the looks, the slights, the slurs, the overt acts of racism.
Saikiko Muranaka, Teacher at BHS
NOTE: these videos may contain racial slurs or references to hate crimes.
More AAPI Resources
Resources for Families
Bystander Intervention Training to Stop AAPI Harassment and Xenophobia | Hollaback!/AAAJ
Stop AAPI Hate: Resources for Supporting Conversations with Children | Article from Momentous Institute
How to Talk to Kids about Anti-Asian Violence | Article from Parents
Asian American Attacks: A Guide for Parents Struggling to Explain Hate Crimes to Their Children | Article from CBS SF BayArea
Resources for Educators
Teaching AAPI Heritage | Webinar from Learning for Justice
Bystander Intervention Training to Stop AAPI Harassment and Xenophobia | Hollaback/AAAJ
K-5 Mini Teaching Guide | Joemy Ito-Gates
LGBTQ Asian Identities | Article from Learning for Justice
The Model Minority Myth | Article from Learning for Justice
Get Involved and Learn More
Here is a list of AAPI Organizations in the Bay Area and beyond to contact for more information.
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