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Alliance Ouchi-O'Donovan 6-12 Complex
Grades 9-12

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WHY THERE IS A NEED TO FOCUS ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT ALLIANCE

Over fifteen years ago, the first Alliance school opened its doors at the corner of Western Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, in the heart of South LA, to provide great public schools in neighborhoods that had been systematically oppressed. Today, Alliance has grown into a network of 28 public charter schools serving 13,000 scholars, but fewer than 5% of our scholars identify as Black or African American - with relatively low representation even in communities that are predominantly Black - and many schools and Home Office teams have only a small handful of Black staff. As an organization founded to pursue social justice and serve those who have been systematically oppressed and denied a high-quality public education, we must look within to ask why the representation of Black and African American scholars and staff is so low. We must address racism within Alliance, which includes both overt individual behaviors and actions as well as institutional systems and practices. This work is all the more pressing as the country reckons with the recent murders of innocent Black and African American men and women and a long history of terrorizing Black bodies and communities.