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Black Student Union

Mission Statement:

The Black Student Union (BSU) is a social club specifically designed to advocate around issues that are important to Black students at Encinal High School. Our goal is to educate all students on Black culture and become a support network that will result in higher academic achievement, increased positive behavior and a greater level of civic responsibility on the part of Black students at Encinal High School.


Club Officers:

President: Isheba S

Vice-President: Joshua N.

Secretary: Fabiola B.

Directors of Events: Kaylenn H. and Morgan L.

Historian: Soriah B.

Treasurer: Lauren L.

Black Lives Matter: Supporting Black Students in Alameda

Forum Notes: 4/17/2018

Action Items: 

  1. Expand current/create new mentorship programs

  2. Get students on curriculum committees

  3. Education campaign around microaggressions and use of the n-word by non-black students 

  4. Campaign for ethnic studies as graduation requirement

  5. Build up Equity Coalition (EHS) and student Leadership Class

  6. Second community forum in fall 2018

General Notes

Issues of concern on message board:



  • Sports and college eligibility

  • ​​​​​​​More prep for college entrance exams

  • More conversation on race relations needed starting in elementary school

  • Low BSU attendance especially among males

  • Social and emotional health and well-being standards and curriculum> teach the whole child

  • Implicit bias training for all AUSD staff and educators

  • Take a hard look at who is taking AP and honors classes and how we support our black students in academic excellence

  • How do we uplift black and brown young men and empower them to go to college or the workforce?

  • Teach empathy

  • Kinesthetic learning

  • Address trauma

  • Focus on mindfulness

  • We need more voices at “the table”> show up to community events, school board meetings, etc.

  • Micro-aggression> hair touching, comments like “you’re smart for a black girl”

  • Cultural appropriation

  • Use of the n-word by non-black students

  • Low expectations from HBCUs

  • Decolonize education!

  • How can we empower Alameda youth in middle school and elementary school?

  • What can the district do to improve attendance and graduation rates?

  • How can white teachers teach effectively to black/brown students


Public comments (responses to messageboard or new comment):


  • (counter argument for HBCU expectations) HBCUs look at whole student- cream of the crop is present, more accessible than other schools

  • Few African-American teachers in the district> district is not intentionally trying to recruit and retain black teachers

  • Not much done in February at Alameda High, forgetting about the basis of our history and culture

    • more education to student populace> microaggressions happening because of lack of understanding

    • Some students complaining about reading Song of Solomon in AP course (AHS); students should at least watch “Selma” to get some understanding of issues

  • Other cultures really preserved and can name ancestors, but lack of self-knowledge for black students

  • Lots of stellar athletes and have attention at school but not after hours- homework help, support as a person and not just as an athlete

    • Algebra 2! Don’t have support

    • Low average GPA- if you don’t do your work, you won’t have offers for college

  • Few black students in AP courses- curriculum need to be more accessible

    • Steinbeck, Scarlett Letter- lots of books by white men, need more books by black writers. “It’s not enough to just see what white people think about black people, I want to see what black people think about black people”

    • Students on curriculum committees

  • Where is the staff support? Where is the principal? (*Superintendent and principal attended 1st hour of forum) I don’t see staff supporting the students? Where are the counselors? What are they trying to do to support first generation students? We don’t want to talk about race or marginalized students.

    • A lot of teachers without credentials/subs

    • Too much talk about teachers political ideas, SNAP, etc.

  • No black counselors at AHS, lots of admin turnover- microscope on black students at AHS, labeled drug dealers and truants, white teachers don’t understand, not motivating students

  • No middle ground for CP and AP- escape dumbed down CP classes but super rigorous AP classes and challenging for athletic schedules

  • AHS teachers told students that they are not going to college

  • Junior Jets very eager to talk about race> prolific use of the n-word by 6th grade

    • Discussion in Kenney’s class led by 6th grade black student

  • Alameda (city) is extremely racist, more gentrified, shame that administrators are not here

    • Several confederate flag stickers sighted in Alameda

  • “I have an IEP and its meant to shelter me from taking harder classes. I didn’t know I could take AP classes and now I see my friends flourishing in AP classes.”

    • Talk to counselors and I say that I can do this (take harder classes), and counselors tell me that I can’t- I’m not represented and I didn’t have someone I could lean on until I met my friends

  • Peer mentorships to help with academic support especially at Ruby Bridges and Haight which have higher concentration of black students

  • How to engage alumni?

  • Study abroad programs could assist with self-knowledge

  • Launch campaign for ethnic studies as graduation requirement- Vicki Smith pushed for it in the 1960s

  • Connect across Island schools

  • Go to Board meetings

Emancipate Yourself: Black Lives Matter

On June 7, 2016, the Black Student Union in collaboration with the 2016 Senior Class, dedicated its Black Lives Matter mural to Encinal. In early December of 2015, the senior class voted to support a #BLM mural as part of its 2016 tile display, and 67 seniors decided to give up their personal tiles to donate to the project. Artists Brandon Edquilang and Ibrahim Baldé, both graduating seniors, dedicated many hours to the designing and completion of the mural. BSU is ecstatic to have this message of hope and solidarity on display for our Encinal community for years to come. Black Lives Matter