In the last two years, enrollment in computer science courses in Oakland Unified School District has increased over 1000%. Of students enrolled in computer science, 45% are young women, 29% identify as African American, and 38% identify as Latinx, in line with overall district representation (48%, 25.9%, and 41.8%, respectively)—an important step toward tech equity.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his PUSHTech 2020 initiative, Oakland Unified School District, and the Oakland Public Education Fund invite you to learn more about Oakland’s success at an Oakland Public Schools Computer Science Showcase.
Showcase speakers will include Reverend Jesse Jackson, OUSD Interim Superintendent Devin Dillon, and Oakland Public Education Fund Executive Director Brian Stanley. The event also features student presentations and a panel discussion with leaders from Intel, Salesforce, and SAP sharing highlights of their partnership with Oakland schools. OUSD Computer Science Manager Claire Shorall will close with an overview of Oakland’s tech equity strides to date—and where she hopes to take them next.
The Showcase is part of Tech EQuity Week, a national collaboration initiated by Rainbow PUSH and Qeyno Labs. Tech EQuity Week is all about celebrating partnerships among social impact organizations, tech companies, and local communities. Oakland captures this convergence perfectly, with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) at the forefront of creating equity in computer science education.
After the Showcase, we hope you’ll also join us for a Tech EQuity Week Reception from 6:00-8:00 PM at SPUR, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. See you April 20!
About Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Visit rainbowpushsv.org to learn more.
About the Oakland Public Education Fund
The Oakland Public Education Fund (the Ed Fund) leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. Visit oaklandedfund.org to learn more.
About Oakland Unified School District
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), the public school system for Oakland, CA, is building America’s first Full-Service Community School District, one where “Every Student Thrives!” Visit ousd.org to learn more.