Bay Area Changemakers Is a six-week class led by Burke’s Director and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Students in 6-8 grade explore what constitutes a Changemaker. The class features Women of Color from the Bay Area who have made significant contributions to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and thus change that has helped and supported people in the Bay Area.
In 5th grade, students do a deep dive into concepts such as Identity, Diversity, Inclusion, and how Burke’s as a school upholds these values for all students.
Students learn about these concepts through guest speaker presentations, in-class discussions, and written reflections and final projects. The Pollyanna Racial Literacy, Teaching Tolerance Curriculum, and Start Here Start Now, A guide to anti bias and antiracist work in your school community, by Liz Kleinrock is used to support the work in the class.
Guest speakers have included:
- Eighth Grade: Lyslynn Lacoste, Chief of Staff for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office spoke about the importance of public service and the impact she has had on the lives of people in underserved communities in San Francisco.
- Sixth Grade: Pam Tau Lee, a cofounder of the Chinese Progressive Association and featured in the documentary film, Chinatown Rising, came and spoke about the social justice issues in San Francisco’s Chinatown she was involved in during the 1970s and her current work as an elder in climate justice action.