A Discourse: Black Lives Matter at FUHSD Community discusses the impacts of the movement in local schools

By Ayah Ali-Ahmad, Diya Bahl, Sophia Chen, Justine Ha, Jayanti Jha, Andie Liu, Robert Liu, Tanish Mendki, Oishee Misra, Riya Ravuri, Anjali Singh, Brian Xu and Matthew Yoshimoto

With both local and international discussion taking place about the Black Lives Matter movement, MVHS has been having a reflection of its own.

From administrators to both former and current students, the MVHS community is making its own strides and pursuing systemic change. In the stories that follow, MVHS alumnae reflect on segregated race relations in their years at high school, including actions in the aftermath of events such as 9/11 and the Kill List incident. In conversations with previous reporters, El Estoque revisits reporting on anti-Black sentiments and casual use of the N-word on campus. Through bakery fundraisers, social media advocacy and medical assistance at protests, MVHS students have stepped up to support the Black community. In accordance with demands from the Dear Cupertino group, members of MVHS’s Equity Task Force outline plans for professional anti-racism training, and the Facebook group “FUHSD: Advocates for Change” opens dialogue with FUHSD administration for anti-racist teaching.

These community members work with groups of administration and students to bridge the gap between them.

In this package, El Estoque puts faces on the members leading the way, from organizing town halls to fighting for curriculum changes and fundraising for organizations that support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Students and alumni take action

Exploring alumnae perspectives regarding race

Staff reflect on three stories about anti-blackness at MVHS

Exploring three different approaches to allyship

Teachers and administration discuss future change

Staff and admin outline task forces for equity and social-emotional learning for the upcoming school year

Staff members are working together to spark conversations about equity with administration


Current FUHSD students and alumni share their experiences regarding racism at an initiative organized by the Dear Cupertino team

The FUHSD, CUSD, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and City of Cupertino held a panel on July 8 to discuss policing within Cupertino and its schools