The Beaverton School District is one of the most diverse in the State of Oregon. Its Black student population is approximately 6,000 students. Performance data from the district however show that Black students are not faring well in comparison to white students in terms of graduation rates, discipline, and other factors for student success.
Beaverton is also home to major employers including Intel, Nike, and Techtronix. Many Black families within the District are not from Oregon. Reports have shown that the region suffers in retaining employees of color. What causes Black families to leave? A recent report done by the Coalition of Communities of Color noted that this retention within the Black community is due to a sense of isolation and lack of community infrastructure. Lack of cultural competency and racism within the schools contribute to families’ frustration and concern for the long-term emotional health of their children. The lack of district infrastructure to advance inclusion and equity make it difficult to engage in activities that produce positive change.
Beaverton Black Parent Union aims to develop the needed community organizing infrastructure to address the isolation families feel and collectively advocate for change within schools and the district.
Beaverton Black Parent Union is governed by a coordinating committee. Subcommittees are formed to help with fundraising, events, outreach & school engagement, and policy.