Ujima Theater Company presents “UNHEARD VOICES

Ujima Theater Company presents “UNHEARD VOICES"

November 16, 2017

Ujima Theater Company presents “UNHEARD VOICES: Giving Voice to Students and Parents in Buffalo Public Schools,” a production exploring issues of equity as experienced by Buffalo Public Schools parents and students. This is a collaborative project of Ujima Company Inc., Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and D’Youville College with support from the District Parent Coordinating Council, Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, the School Health and Wellness Collaborative, Say Yes to Education Buffalo, and Buffalo Public Schools.

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, Buffalo Public Schools Staff, and Community Partners:
We respectfully request your attendance at the following event(s): “UNHEARD VOICES: Giving Voice to Students and Parents in Buffalo Public Schools.”

There are three opportunities to participate at a date, time, and location of your choice:
November 30, 2017 at Lafayette High School from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
December 1, 2017 at Canisius College 1:00 to 3:00 PM
December 2, 2017 at North Park Academy 9:30- 11:30 AM
Registration and seating begins 30 minutes before each event. Refreshments will be provided. Interpretation is available upon request.

The production will discuss race, culture, gender, and family and community history as it relates to education, health, income level, and overall well-being. Unheard Voices will be staged via a multimedia presentation produced in conjunction with Buffalo based media production company, The New Hotness. We will engage stakeholders in the Buffalo Public Schools and wider community in open and honest conversations. Unheard Voices aims to validate the experiences of the parents and students as the primary stakeholders in our schools, and engage educators and key decision makers in direct conversation with parents and students about their struggles, hopes, and dreams.

Unheard Voices History and Background

Unheard Voices is a collaborative project originally developed in 2012 by the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and Ujima Theater Company. This is the third in a series that intends to identify and lift up the “unheard voices” of community members who have not had sufficient opportunity to contribute to the discussion and resolution of issues that directly impact them. Unheard Voices intends to empower individuals and communities in events and dialogue that permit them to tell their stories, articulate their needs, and demonstrate their strength. Likewise, the project seeks to engage organizational and community leaders with a goal to bridge gaps in experience and understanding, and bring increased cultural sensitivity, community awareness, and a sense of shared humanity to those we entrust with our education, health and well-being.

To RSVP or more information, please contact Dayatra Hassan at dayatra@ujimacoinc.org

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