Open Menu expand menu

Back to School
Learning Tools
CPS Websites
Report Bullying

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out on Racial Issues

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out LogoCincinnati Public Schools values the voice of the African American community, and we want our African American students to be heard as well.

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out gives African American students opportunities to share their experiences surrounding racial injustice and inequities. It’s also a place for Cincinnati leaders to hear them and discuss how we can empower our young people to effectively create change.

Joshua Hardin, CPS' Athletics Manager and coordinator of Speak Up and Speak Out, described the first forum as, "great, powerful and emotional, but so needed."

"CPS hears and honors the voice of the African American community, and we want to do the same for the African American students we serve," Hardin said. "We are deeply committed to ensuring all students have access to high-quality education, and are committed to listening and making changes necessary to be a part of much needed systemic change."

The primary audience is CPS' students in grades 7-12, with a special focus on our African American students. Students may join in via a web browser, phone or mobile device.

The forum is open to news media and community members in listen-only mode.

"This is an opportunity for the young people and the city of Cincinnati to rise up in peaceful demonstration to take a stance against racism that is seen within our communities and, potentially, also experienced within our schools."

—Laura Mitchell, Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools

Watch the Forums

students participate in a virtual forum discussion

Upcoming Forums

Information about the next forum is coming soon.

How Can I Participate in a Forum

All are welcome to attend each forum, and there will be opportunities for all students to join in and have their voices heard. If you would like to be a preselected student on our panel or assist with the forums, please contact your school Athletic Director. Athletic Directors information can be found here.

Resources

Social Media Icons

Stay Connected:

FacebookCPS You Tube ChannelCPS TwitterI am CPSInstagramDownload CPA App