We are NA For Change.
NA For Change is a coalition of North Allegheny students, alumni, parents, educators, and community members working to place the issues of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism at the forefront of the community’s attention while advocating for the implementation of a set of immediate and tangible solutions to positively benefit the community and its students.
We believe that education is the key to instilling a culture of respect and inclusion in today’s world and that every student deserves an education that reflects the immense diversity that makes up our communities, nation, and planet.
We believe that civil discussion, awareness, and open dialogues are necessary to move forward, along with a willingness on behalf of institutions to proactively acknowledge fault and act to continuously improve their policies for the benefit of all students.
We believe that when all students learn about cultures and narratives that may be foreign to them, they naturally become more informed and open-minded people for it; with narrative-changing action, our world can become more united in its mission to eliminate manifestos and actions of hate.
We believe in the empowerment of youth leaders; supposed lack of experience is more than made up for in passion, hard work, and an endless flow of optimism for the future that course through us.
With the energy and fresh perspective of youth voices and the experiences of mentors, no problem is impossible to solve. We are confident in the optimistic aspirations of the upcoming generation, especially when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and are invested in unlocking the potential that each student holds in the success of these aims.
What are we up to?
- #IAmForChange – History in Context: Approaching Education with Nuance and EmpathyHistory in Context: Approaching Education with Nuance and Empathy By R.W.L., a community member What is the essence of education? What does it mean to question and stress-test our beliefs? What does it mean to have a dialogue, and how far can we go before committing heresy against our society’s fundamental beliefs surrounding the world?Continue reading “#IAmForChange – History in Context: Approaching Education with Nuance and Empathy”
- #IAmForChange Because That Is What Education Is All About: An Essay on Honest Conversations About EducationHonest Conversations About Education by E.W., a local parent Lately, much of our national discourse has been focused on throwing around labels: this story is “fake news”, that story is funded by a super-PAC, and the other is politically motivated beyond reproach. Words like “Marxist”, “terrorist”, and “radical” have been weaponized without much thought aboutContinue reading “#IAmForChange Because That Is What Education Is All About: An Essay on Honest Conversations About Education”
- #IAmForChange – Si Se Puede!Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Si Se Puede! By R. Mundial, a student Hispanic Heritage Month grants us the opportunity to bring awareness to the impact of the Hispanic community across the United States. Today, I’d like to present on the way that Hispanics and the Latinx community have been portrayed within our mainstream society, andContinue reading “#IAmForChange – Si Se Puede!”
This is about respecting the dignity of an individual. There is no place for hate, but there is also no place for indifference.September 16, 2020
Let’s honor those that came before us and give our current and future students the ability to thrive by providing them a comfortable atmosphere that celebrates their differences every day.June 17, 2020
How You Can Help
We coordinate programming, organize safe events, regularly post educational materials on social media, and more. Our platform is dedicated to empowerment, education, and finding common ground! There is a spot for you!
Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and to learn more about the issues of antiracism, diversity, and inclusion!
Racism and prejudice pervade every aspect of our community. When you see something, you must say something! When you witness someone engaging in prejudice, speak up!
Are you ready to stand with us?
Our community has the opportunity of a generation to fully embrace the ideals of equity, inclusion, and unabashed mutual respect for one another. Our community has the opportunity of a generation to prove that we are on the right side of history, making bold moves and standing for what is unequivocally correct. No matter your age, political vision, race, or sexuality–we need you. This community needs you.