WHO WE ARE
The West Windsor-Plainsboro (WW-P) People of Color (POC) Advocacy Group is a youth-led organization comprised of students attending both West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and South.
We aim to ensure that the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District adheres to anti-racist competencies through modifications and implementations in district policy, education, and school/community programming.
The WW-P POC was founded in response to a social media incident wherein a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School Student posted various racist and derogatory clips that were targeted towards students of color. Succeeding the incident, conversations ensued between students attending High School North and South regarding their personal experiences with race-based discrimination and educational inequity. The impermissible experiences of racial prejudice and injustice shared by the students prompted them to form the WW-P POC Advocacy.
Promote discussions of the systemic inequities faced by communities of color within our education system.
Foster student advocacy amongst students in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Community
Ensure the equitable treatment of BIPOC students district-wide
Build an environment wherein WW-P teaches and staff acknowledge and respond to the experiences of BIPOC students
Beginning in April of 2020, our members have worked alongside teachers, administrators, and supervisors of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District to ensure that all forms of racism, hatred, and bigotry will not be tolerated in West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools through the implementation of our Anti-Racist Action Plan, which aims to ensure the equitable treatment of BIPOC students through three core pillars: Policy, Education, and Programming.
Currently, the WW-P POC has:
Conducted over a dozen interviews with High School teachers who have done an exemplary job teaching racially sensitive materials to implement curriculum modifications in the Social Studies and Language Arts departments
Worked alongside district administrators to propose policy revisions surrounding equity and anti-racist competencies in order to protect BIPOC students
Worked alongside the West Windsor Human Relations council to develop programming for Martin Luther King Jr Day in 2021
Developed lesson plans/materials for Professional Development Days at High School South, Village Elementary School, and the High School and Middle School Language Arts department to teach the importance of equity in WW-P classrooms
The WW-P POC is currently composed of over 80 student members. Members of the WW-P POC are divided into three committees that align with our Anti-Racist Action Plan: Policy, Education, and Programing.
Members of the WW-P POC work within their respective committees and with educators to implement our Anti-Racist Action Plan in their school communities.
Committee Chairs oversee the implementation of either Policy, Education, or Programming throughout the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District through conversations with district administrators and school faculty members.