Past BPA Events

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    April 26, 2022: Unity in the Community

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    The Town Hall was co-hosted by BPA Student Leader Teri Wong, currently attending ​UC Davis and Mills High grad. 
    Presenters and topics included:
    • Leroy Wilberforce, a former Burlingame Student and now Engineering Project Manager, speaking on life after college and his pathway to success
    • Samia Shoman, SMUHSD Manager of English Learner & Academic Support Programs, will discuss Ethnic Studies
    • Aragon Teacher Lindsay Bussey will review SMUHSD's Bulletin on Bullying, Hazing, Discrimination and Hate Motivated Behaviors

    January 11, 2022: Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall

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    The District and the Black Parents Association held its second Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall on January 11, 2022. The evening of open discussion and collaborative learning featured: 

    • Youth Leadership presentations
    • Discussion on the California Voting Rights Act
    • Breakout session to discuss ThoughtExchange results
    • Upcoming events & scholarship opportunities
    • And, more...


    December 13: My College Pathway: Charting the Road to College Success

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    This event was co-hosted with Silicon Valley Community Foundation. 

    Special Guest Presenters included Mario De Anda and Jennifer Mante - Scholarship Officers of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

    Topics included:

    • Planning for College
    • Paying for College
    • Scholarships
    • And, so much more...

    November 3: VAPE Stops Here

    Attendees learned about the dangers of flavored tobacco and ways to protect their health. Detailed information about protecting our youth through policy and programs was also shared. 

    The event was lead by Shawneece Stevenson, MSW, a local parent and Project Manager for Tobacco Education and Policy Initiative with the Bay Area Community Advisory Council.


    • San Mateo Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) education for city officials, school districts, students, and parents about disparities in health-related tobacco use
    • Information about participating in providing restriction of flavored tobacco sales in the cities of San Mateo, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park   

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    October 19: Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall
    Recording coming soon. 

    • BPA Impact Highlights & Upcoming Events
    • District Goals & News
    • Parent Resource Information
    • Informative + Interactive Breakout Sessions
    • 2020-2021 Scorecard Results

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    July 12-15: Money Talks

    SMUHSD, Black Parents Association with Tyehimba & Associates Consulting hosted a free four-part financial education series.

    June 26: Elevate and Celebrate Juneteenth

    Bay Area And Central Valley student leaders came together in celebration of community.

    April 28: State of the Student Summit - Of the Students.  By the Students.  For the Students.

    BPA's Student Summit Leaders hosted a candid conversation on relevant topics shaping their everyday lives.  The State of the Student Summit was a student-led virtual event hosted by the Black Parents Association to provide Black+ Students within SMUHSD the opportunity for safe, open, and transparent discussion to exchanges ideas, map out common themes, and build community.  For more information or questions, please email

    April 13: Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall

    The Black Parents Association partnered with SMUHSD for an evening of candid conversation and cooperative learning. Student Leader Amulen Rozmus served as the event co-host.

    February 23: Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Workshop

    The Black Parents Association and Girls Who Code discussed their 100% free virtual Summer Immersion Program for 9th-11th grade girls and nonbinary students.  Information on the application process, priority consideration, and other exciting program was shared.   

    Girls Who Code Resources:

    Don't miss your chance to join Girls Who Code this summer for the free 2-week Summer Immersion Program for current 9-11th grade girls and non-binary students! You'll learn an intro to coding alongside students from all over the country as you build projects to address causes you care about. Plus - you'll get to get an inside look into the tech industry through panel discussions and events with Girls Who Code's top company partners like Disney, AT&T, Apple, and more! Once you complete the program, you'll also become a part of the alumni network with over 300,000 students across the world and tap into exclusive alumni benefits such as hiring support, networking opportunities, and a job platform with paid internship and job opportunities with top leading companies. 

    The program is 100% completely free, and Girls Who Code even provides need-based stipends of up to $300 for you to participate to help cover living costs, tech costs, or if you normally would have had to work over the summer.

    Apply here today before the application deadline on March 19th! Make sure to list San Mateo Unified High School District as your Community Partner on the application to get priority consideration into the program through our partnership.

    February 9: Your Voice & Views Matter – Community Focus Group

    In the quest to improve the quality of services for our students, the Black Parents Association arranged a focus group for a candid discussion on a variety of topics that impact the lives of our students within the district.

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    February 2 Recording: My College Pathway: Charting the Road to College Success

    Event hosted by Black Parents Association and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

    Dean Taylor
    Scholarship Officer, SVCF


    • Scholarships
    • A-G Planning
    • Personal Planning
    • True Cost of College
    • How to Pay for College
    • Life After College

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    Unity in the Community Events

    January 12, 2021 Event

    San Mateo Union High School District and the Black Parents Association held its second Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall Convening on Tuesday, January 12 .  

    At the convening we heard from students, were provided an update from the District, shared data on school climate and implicit bias from our recent Panorama survey and had the opportunity for questions and answers. 

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    October 20, 2020 Event

    SMUHSD with the Black Parents Association present:

    Virtual Town Hall: Unity in the Community

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