About 100 students along with several adults from over 10 Bay Area high schools, including Cristo Rey San Jose, Cristo Rey Sacramento, American Indian Public High School, St. Ignatius College Prep, Convent and Stuart Hall High School, St. Mary’s High School and other religious institutions and non-profits, gathered at O’Dowd on January 27 for the 3rd annual Bay Area Social Justice Teach-In.
Led by O’Dowd’s Solidarity in Action Leadership Team of 14 senior students, the day began with a Keynote from Sheryl Davis, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission. Davis encouraged critical activists to pursue the dream via creative methods like art, film, and other documentation. Participants then broke for different workshop sessions about topics ranging from immigration, to environmental justice, to food. Shana Lancaster ‘02, co-founder of Mamacitas Cafe, presented on her nonprofit and paths to entrepreneurship for young women of color.
After lunch and more workshops, participants reunited at the end of the day for a closing from Elisa Diana Huerta of UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center. Huerta called for the students to take action in their own contexts by looking within at their own needs and desires, those of their community and analyzing how those needs and desires intersect.