This year, Westerville’s high schools launched new courses that approach topics such as Black history and culture and social justice in a way that has never been done before in the district.
At Westerville Central and Westerville South high schools, the new “Race and Equity Studies: The Quest for Justice in the US” class provides students with opportunities to learn about and address various racial, ethnic, and other types of diversity, as well as explore shared identities.
Kyle King-With the new Race and Equity Studies class at WCHS, he can further explore the systematic nature of oppression and the historical development of these systems including racism, sexism, classism, ableism, ageism, heteronormativity, anti-semitism, and islamophobia. He hopes to activate students’ “critical consciousness” so that they will be able to identify issues of oppression and privilege in their lives and the lives of others.
At WNHS, the new African American history and literature courses have been the result of years of collaboration between social studies teacher John Sands and English teacher Catherine Stathulis.
At WSHS, social studies teacher Kelley Stocker has only been able to scratch the surface on the Reconstruction era, its shortcomings, and the civil rights movement. With the new Race and Equity Studies class, she’ll be able to dive deeper into those topics as well as conversations about equity with students.
Submitted: Jul 18, 2021