Welcome to HCHS
Students for Diversity!
We are students at Hunter College High School (HCHS), one of NYC’s specialized public schools. Our admissions process and institution has largely excluded NYC’s high achieving Black, Latinx, Indigenous and low-income students. Our classrooms must better reflect our city’s diversity. We are here to demand that the governing body and leaders of HCHS, including the President of Hunter College, eliminate racism and classism from our admissions process, curriculum, and school environment.
Email us at [email protected]
BACKGROUND ON HCHS' RACIAL/ETHNIC MAKE-UP
WHAT IS HSAI?
HOW DID IT START?
It developed from a desire among parents to pursue concrete action this summer given the inflection point our nation is experiencing, inspired by the actions students took earlier in the semester. At an end of semester diversity event, as officials were discussing work for the fall. a parent inquired if we should check on the interest among parents to work on this agenda over the summer.
An initial posting received interest from 21 parents. When people got wind of how HSAI would be managed and driven, they identified others they thought might be interested including teachers, alumni and students. In less than two weeks, over 100 people completed surveys expressing interest. 57 attended an initial meeting on Monday. Over our next two biweekly meetings, our intake numbers climbed to 180 people with 81 different individuals attending meetings.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The mission of each working group is two-fold. First, to achieve concrete wins around short-term objectives that demonstrate the collective abilities of parents, alumni, students and teachers to improve their school. Second, to identify steps for a longer-term objective that requires participation from the administration. The groups set objectives, tasks and on-board new members during biweekly Monday breakout sessions. Each working group has an assigned Student Vice Chair.
Our management model is a) respect people's time by working within their constraints b) develop structures to facilitate concrete actions & effective advocacy templates that others can use in the future as well and 3) engage student voices as equal partners. We have four Working Groups: Representative Faculty, Culturally-Responsive Curriculum, Representative Student Body, and Inclusive Climate that communicate and organize through Slack and email. We also cooperate with a pre-existing group working on Admissions Reform.
IS IT TOO LATE TO JOIN?
No. The summer is an ideal time to become active and each Working Group has different demands on its leadership teams and members so there's always more work to do, more research needed and more to learn.
WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?
Complete the HSAI intake survey That way you will get the information over the weekend to participate in our next meeting on Monday Aug 17th from 7:30pm-9:00pm)
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
You can email general inquiries to this address: alva,[email protected]
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