Why am I Running?
I am running for Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education because our schools are strongest when we foster community involvement through open communication, transparency and inclusiveness. With my background as a clinician, an educator and researcher, I know how crucial it is to use critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate and address issues that are faced in the education system. As a child of refugees whose family struggled to get to where we are now, I know how racism and inequalities can impact children and adults at their core. Community centered schools can provide the support and guidance for people of color, underrepresented and marginalized religious groups. I am passionate about addressing the issues facing our city and public schools, especially surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism, transparency and curriculum assessment.
What issues are important to me?
Ann Arbor Public Schools have many strengths that other districts do not have, and that includes the diverse representation of people and expertise, the strong teachers and staff, and the strong academics. It is amazing to see all the different representations of people, from refugees to people of color to various religious groups. It is also wonderful to see strong advocates for our children, who are the teachers. Ann Arbor Public Schools also has room to grow and progress to an improved and new level of education. The challenges facing Ann Arbor Public Schools include issues surrounding community engagement, open communication, opportunity gaps in education, and diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.
Facing the Issues:
Open Communication, Transparency, and Inclusiveness
Opportunity Gaps in Education
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism
What do I bring to the table?
Throughout my career, I have been involved in addressing these issues through: