Civic Engagement for Students

Looking for ways to contribute to your community?  Here's a list of ways for students to be civically engaged both inside the school district and out. Giving your time and energy to these groups allows you to gain experience and skills, and may support your potential application for the California State Seal of Civic Engagement.   Here are the requirements and the DJUSD application for the Seal of Civic Engagement; for questions contact Ms. Swanstrom.


Ethnic Studies Student Group

Role: Member

Who does this group consist of?

Students who are interested in creating education that examines power, privilege and oppression, and that centers the experiences of marginalized groups.

What does it do?

It meets to learn about, discuss and plan the student role in developing Ethnic Studies in DJUSD.

How and when to apply: 

No application needed.  Join by contacting Kate Snow of the Climate Office.

How much time does it involve and when does it meet/do its work? 

Met 4-5pm the first Wednesdays of the month in 2020-21. TBD for 2021-22.

Who to contact for more info: Kate Snow of the Climate Office


Diversify Our Narrative DJUSD Chapter

Role: Member

Who does this group consist of? 

Secondary students, all DJUSD high schools

What does it do?

The group is focused on increasing the diversity of representation in DJUSD's English Curriculum. They work to ensure that people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized communities are represented through the literature that is read in humanities courses in Davis.

How and when to apply: 

Fill out an interest form at: bit.ly/DONInterest; ongoing.

How much time does it involve and when does it meet/do its work? 

The group meets Wednesdays 3-4pm on Zoom, with optional meetings outside of Chapter meetings.

What has this group been able to do?  

In the 2020-2021 school year DON has submitted public comments for Board of Education meetings. They have helped review curriculum and books for teachers. They are currently working with the District administration.  They are also working on setting up community events, a book club, and more.

Who to contact for more info: Kathy Li, DHS Sophomore, at dondjusd@gmail.com

  

GENup DJUSD Chapter

Role: Member

Who does this group consist of? 

Secondary students, all DJUSD high schools

What does it do? 

A local group run by students for students that advocates for education equality, especially equal access to resources and representation for diverse groups of people. They tackle tasks like updating the DJUSD Health Curriculum, and working for education equity in Davis.

How and when to apply:

Ongoing; contact Jason Ma.

What has this group been able to do?  
They have worked with Instructional Services to help update the DJUSD Health Curriculum

Who to contact for more info: Jason Ma, DHS Junior, at genupdjusdchapter@gmail.com

 

DJUSD Board of Education

Role: DJUSD Student Trustee

Who does this group consist of? 

The five elected adult members of the Board of Education and the two non-voting Student Trustees representing DSHS and DaVinci Charter Academy.

What does it do? 

Represent student perspectives, offer input and insight to adult decision makers regarding policies, programs and actions of DJUSD.

Board Policy 9150: The Board of Education believes that engaging the student body and seeking its input and feedback regarding the district's educational programs and activities are vital to achieving the district's mission of educating district students. To enhance communication between the Board and the student body and to encourage student involvement in district affairs, the Board shall include at least one student Board member selected by the district's high school students in accordance with procedures approved by the Board. 

How and when to apply:

The student member is elected by students during the school year.  Keep an eye out during the time of ASB elections.

How much time does it involve and when does it meet/do its work?

Student Trustees attend Open Session Board Meetings usually two times per month on Thursday evenings starting at 6:30pm, with occasional other meetings.

What have the student trustees been able to do? 

Provide student perspective on all district-wide matters.

Who to contact for more info: Mr. Vasquez at Davis High; contact Ms. Connors at DaVinci High.


City of Davis Human Relations and Other Commissions

Role: Commission Member

Who does this group consist of? 

Residents of Davis who volunteer to pay attention to and work on ways to increase the inclusivity of Davis.

What does it do? 

It organizes the city's cultural celebrations, listens to diverse community perspectives, and recommends steps for the city to take to improve the experiences and opportunities for members of the community. It studies and makes recommendations regarding problems in the city which arise from alleged discrimination.

How and when to apply:

Student applicants may apply at any time during the year through either the DJUSD Climate Coordinator or on the City of Davis Commissions page.

How much time does it involve and when does it meet/do its work?

The HRC meets at 6:30pm the 4th Thursday of each month excluding July for 2 hours. 

What kind of power does this group have? 

It can recommend actions to the City Council to combat discrimination.  It chooses the recipients of the Thong Hyuh Nguyen Awards annually.

Who to contact for more info: Climate Coordinator Kate Snow at ksnow@djusd.net or Carrie Dyer of the City of Davis. 

 

California State Board of Education

Receives applications for the Student Position in Fall of Junior year. 

Role: Student member

Who does this group consist of? 

Educators and educational professionals dedicated to supporting public K-12 schooling in California.

What does it do?

https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ms/mm/sbestudentmemberbrochure.asp

How and when to apply:

Check in late summer for application dates.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ms/mm/sbestudentmember.asp

How much time does it involve and when does it meet/do its work?

At least 2 consecutive school days every other month, a 1-day orientation, subcommittee meetings and time to review agenda materials before meetings.

What kind of power does this group have?

It is the governing body for the California State Board of Education.  It sets policy and makes decisions regarding K-12 education in California.

Who to contact for more info: SBE@cde.ca.gov

A position for high school Seniors (only Juniors can apply) on the State Board of Education. The Student Member attends closed sessions, has a voting role, gains full participation rights for the State Board of Education, and most importantly, influences educational policy across the state.