Seattle Public Schools serve a diverse range of students and families who come from a myriad of backgrounds, but unfortunately, much of this diversity does not extend to the school board. Part of what motivated me to run was the recent trend of anti-Asian sentiment in the wake of COVID-19. Seeing that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up about 14% of students, it seems wrong to me that there are no AAPI members of the school board. These students face struggles that the school board knows almost nothing about. They need someone who understands their experience giving them a voice in the decision-making process.
Similarly, about 13% of students have disabilities or are neurodivergent, and many of them are being left behind. The school board doesn’t know how to best support these students, and as a result, the budget is being utilized in inefficient ways.
As an Asian American and someone with a disability, I know through my personal experiences how important it is for that diversity to be represented in the decision-making process. I can represent both of these groups of students, and I have the financial experience to help distribute the budget in efficient, helpful ways that lift up our students. In a nutshell, this is what my campaign is about: Giving voice to the students of families who do not have one and using my practical experience to better the system for the benefit of us all.