CHS Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassadors Meet with Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus about Advocacy
Members of the Montgomery County Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassadors (CPESA), including a number of Cheltenham High School students, recently met via video conference to dialogue about advocacy with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC). Incoming caucus chair Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and outgoing caucus chairRep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., participated in the conference.
“As a believer in the power of education, it was certainly a pleasure for me to take part in the conversation with students from Montgomery County,” Kinsey said. “I was glad to hear of their concerns and interest in organizing and advocating for their beliefs, ideas and their rights. I think that it’s important for young folks to be willing to stand up and share their feelings and ideas. They truly are our future leaders and their willingness to talk with current leaders shows a respect and desire to learn and to be better.”
With advocacy on the agenda, caucus members informed the aspiring social justice protégés about the proper channels to advocate for their issues and how to engage with their state legislators.
“Overall the meeting went extremely well,” said CHS senior Noah Gocial. “We had a very thoughtful discussion and were able to discuss issues, and arguably more important, solutions that affected our general area. I look forward to our next steps in creating a better, more equitable, safer and more understanding environment for everyone.”
Founded in 1973, the PLBC serves as an information and advocacy vehicle to advance the interests of African American, Latino, and other people of color in Pennsylvania.
Cheltenham School District Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille spearheads the Montgomery County CPESA program, a pilot program which includes the Cheltenham, Upper Dublin, Norristown and North Penn school districts. The program’s goal is to develop student ambassadors with the skills to become resilient social justice advocates.