Chippewa Falls recruit American Civil Liberties Union to help address pervasive racism, sexism, and homophobia

by | Jul 1, 2021 | 0 comments

In early June students in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District filed an administrative complaint with the district to request an investigation into their experience of a chronic failure to meaningfully address pervasive racism, sexism, and homophobia. 

The students formed an alliance they call the Cultivative Coalition, and they filed the complaint with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. Supporting the process is Elisabeth Lambert, a two-year Equal Justice Works fellow who is dedicated to working on school discrimination and equity issues in Wisconsin. 

Lambert described how the students have both a similarity in their experience of feeling harassed and targeted at school, while also having differences in their unique experiences of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

“What’s powerful about these students is that despite those differences, they are clear about the intersectionality of their efforts and the solidarity they have,” said Lambert. “They are united in the sense of wanting the power structure in Chippewa Falls to pay attention to voices that haven’t been heard, and to have the district—in a systemic way—think about how to change its culture to provide more support. Instead of thinking of themselves as categories, they think of themselves as a coalition.” 

The complaint process is a part of Wisconsin’s state administrative code and is intended to be a non-adversarial process to request an investigation. The ACLU expects the district to finish the investigative process and issue a statement in 90 days. While there have been some negative responses from the community—which Lambert points to as more evidence of a toxic environment the students are calling out—most of the community’s response has been positive and supportive, and more students are coming forward to share their experiences.

Article Tags

Quartz
OutReach Awards - Banner
Out Health
Clue

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Quartz
Clue
OutReach Awards - Banner

Latest News

Truth-Telling

Truth-Telling

Author and poet T. S. Banks interviews R. B. Simon about her debut poetry collection, The Good Truth.

Latest News

VIEW ALL LATEST NEWS

Forward Fertility
Quigley
FW Garden Party
Vivent Health - PrEP
OutReach Awards - Block
Atlas Counseling

Events

SUBMIT AN EVENT

Sat 18

Madison Odd Market- ORIGINAL AND ONLY EVENT PAGE

September 18 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 18

Madison Acespace

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sat 18

Rockstar Legends (40+ Virtual LGBTQ+ Support Group)

September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sat 18

Hike Springfield Hill Ice Age Trail Segment

September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

VIEW ALL EVENTS

Jobs

SUBMIT A JOB POSTING

VIEW ALL JOBS

Popular Tags

Pin It on Pinterest