Wrapping Up: The 2023 Black Student Forum

The fourth annual Black Student Forum (BSF) was held on November 3, 2023, at Notre Dame High School. Students from Black Student Associations (BSA) across all OCSB high schools attended. Led by their peers, MCs Ebehirebhen from St. Pius High School and KJ from St. Francis Xavier High School, they celebrated their identities and shared insights on the challenges they face as Black students within the OCSB. We were honoured to capture this vibrant example of Black joy, equity, and Be Community to share with the OCSB family. Please take a moment to watch our wrap-up video!

You can also find a gallery full of smiles and laughter captured at this year’s BSF.

There is power in your voice. Join your Black Student Association.

“Black Students have an outlet to talk about their shared experiences… and find community within one another”

Christie Charles

Christie Charles, a former student and current Educational Assistant at the OCSB, summed up the event perfectly. Every year, this event has given students a platform to discuss their challenges in a safe and inclusive space. As Christie puts it, “This event is so important for Black youth across Ottawa”.

The strength of the event comes from each and every student’s active participation in their respective school’s BSA. Without them, this event wouldn’t be possible. We strongly encourage students to join their local BSA and help them as they continue to make a difference in the OCSB Community.

We learn so much from our students that we can apply in our practice as educators and staff. Your peers do, too. The opportunity for growth and mentorship that stems from this event is invaluable. As Dr. Prince Ehoro, our Superintendent for Leadership and Parent Engagement, puts it, “… I feel I’ve learned from the students as much as they have from each other.”

Thank you, and see you at the next Black Student Forum!

A special thank you to Adrienne Coddett, an educator, radio host and community leader who spoke at the event. She has made great contributions to the Ottawa community for more than 20 years, and it was a pleasure to have her there. We would also like to say thank you to the Kamengo Cultural Troupe, who entertained the audience during lunchtime with a musical and dance performance. We hope to see all the old and new faces at next year’s Black Student Forum.

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