BSU members attend the African-American Summit

Allen Taylor, Staff Writer

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Black Student Union members attended the 2019 Fall African American Summit on Monday at Spring Valley High School. The event was held to bring together BSU organizations from across the district so they would have an opportunity to meet and discuss issues happening in their school.

“It was really interesting because there were about 34 schools represented and we were able to speak directly to Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara about concerns we have,” senior Sara Worku said. 

Worku was the only Desert Oasis student able to ask a question which focused on how Dr. Jara was going to improve teacher-student relationships for African-Americans. Dr. Jara stated he has plans to improve those relationships and promises to work hard at doing so.  Along with Dr. Jara, students heard from guest speakers discussing everything from culture and identity to rap music. 

“Overall it was a great experience because I was able to hear things about not only African-American issues but about my [Ethiopian] culture specifically,” Worku said.

The next summit will be held in March and BSU members are excited to attend the next event and meet even more participants.