Oakland disaggregates student data to increase representation and foster belonging. In 2016, AYPAL, a community-based organization working to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families, and the Oakland Unified School District Office of Equity passed a “Disaggregated Data Resolution” expanding the options that students can identify for their race. By adding more flexibility and new categories like ‘Mien’ and ‘Tongan,’ the new data collection practice helps capture the unique backgrounds and challenges of specific communities that are not represented in broader racial categories. This data can serve as the basis for improved services, contributing to improved academic outcomes and fostering a sense of pride in identity—as described in this student-produced testimonial video. The resolution was expanded in 2019. Learn more.
Photo: Disaggregated Data Presentation at City Council - AYPAL
“ Sometimes rent is more expensive here, but we stay here because the Mexican store is around the corner. We live here because you can speak Spanish.”
Darling Ruiz moved to the United States after a devastating fire destroyed her entire home and all of her possessions in Mexico. She is one of 18,000 Latinx immigrants living in Marin County. When she arrived, she became engaged with the Canal Alliance and co-founded Voces del Canal — a volunteer advocacy group that focuses on improving the health and economic well-being of people living in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael. Learn more.
Photo: Felix Uribe