Middle schoolers gather to discuss race in 2nd Raise Your Voices Conference3/11/2019
Students from eight PPS middle schools gathered at Portland Community College last week for two days of open dialogue and creative partnerships in the second Raise Your Voices Conference.
The two-day event included middle school students from Beaumont, Beverly Cleary, da Vinci, Faubion, Harriet Tubman, Laurelhurst, Vernon and West Sylvan, along with artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from Grant and Jefferson high schools. Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero also participated.
Participants discussed race, privilege, identity, equity and their roles in “creating schools and communities for a different tomorrow.” Workshops were run by artist/educator Bryan Lafaye, the Jefferson High Culture Club, Youth Educating Police, and the National Alliance for Filipino Concern.
“This conference has been put together for students, by students,” said Liz Kobs, a counselor at Beverly Cleary who helped organize the event. “It puts students at the center of our racial equity work and empowers them to be a part of the change.”
High and middle schools interested in participating next year, and businesses willing to donate items or serve as a sponsor, should contact Kobs at email@example.com.