Posted Date: 02/22/2021
Due to weather related school closures over the past two weeks, the deadline for UHS students to take the “Be the Change,” survey is now Friday, February 26. English and Spanish versions of the survey can be accessed through Canvas or through QR Codes on posters throughout the school. The survey, which went live on February 15th, was co-designed by a focus group of approximately 30 students from grades 10-12, representing the rich diversity of Union High School.
“Be the Change,” an initiative of Union High School to create a more equitable and inclusive teaching and learning environment for faculty, staff and students, is providing an opportunity for our students’ voices to be heard!
ALL UHS students will be given the voluntary opportunity to participate in an Diversity, Equity and Inclusion anonymous survey designed to measure:
1. How well Union High School is serving all of our students
2. How much students feel that they are valued members of the school community
3. How diverse, integrated, and fair school is for students from different races, ethnicities, or cultures
4. How often students learn about, discuss and confront issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in school
The survey, will be shared through Canvas and will remain open the entire week of February 15- February 19. A focus group of approximately 30 students from grades 10-12, representing the rich diversity of UHS, co-designed the survey, making it uniquely student-centered.
Here are some of their comments about the importance of the survey to empower student involvement, engagement and feedback as part of “Be the Change”:
B. Flores, senior – “It’s important because our school deserves to be represented by a diverse group of people. Union is a very diverse district; we need diverse representation.”
A. Morris, junior – “I would tell them it's important because it gives you the chance to be heard.”
M. Jones, senior – “To be able to see a sort of change in the school. Even for seniors who aren't going to be here much longer, for them to know that people like them can feel more comfortable and represented in the future.”
R. Gonzalez, junior – “I would say that it is an important thing to take, because it helps people who want to change something like racism in the school. It can help students understand better how we can change things to help others.”
D. Huynh, sophomore – “It could be important for people who are scared to speak out and would rather do it anonymously.”
R. Eddins, junior – “It’s not like other surveys. It has you think and realize stuff you didn't realize before and you can be heard without being singled out.”
C. Thibeaux, senior – “If you want something to change you have to be the voice to make it change.”
K. Hammack, senior – “This is the beginning of something happening at Union – You have to be involved.”
For more information about the “Be the Change” survey contact Principal John Chargois or Linda Felstein, REACH College and Career Specialist/DEI.