Message of Support from Dr. Susan Zola for our CU Chinese American Community,
As a school leader, I am deeply saddened by the hurtful and tragic events in Atlanta earlier this month as well as the disturbing trend of increased hate, bias, and discrimination against members of AAPI communities across the nation. This is unacceptable and I want to make sure our AAPI students and families understand that such behavior will not be tolerated in Champaign Unit 4 Schools.
In June 2020, our Board of Education passed a landmark Resolution decrying racism as a public health crisis and mandating that the District work toward dismantling harmful and hurtful systemic racism. Unfortunately, these recent events serve as important reminders for why this must remain at the forefront of our work as educators and push us to stand resolved to strengthen our work around racial justice.
I want our AAPI students and families to know that we see you, hear you, and value you. I ask those in our Unit 4 family from other backgrounds to stand with me as supportive allies. Additionally, I want individuals and organizations outside the District who seek to raise awareness and provide support for our AAPI friends and neighbors to know that we also stand in solidarity with you.
I believe the rich diversity of our students, staff, and families is our greatest strength and want to reiterate that hate has no place in Unit 4! If you have concerns about something happening in our schools, please reach out to a building or District administrator. It will continue to be my expectation that we work together to empower each of our learners to thrive in a diverse and changing world.
With Sadness and Resolve,
Dr. Susan Zola
Unit 4 Schools