This story appeared in the Savage Pacer on Feb. 22, 2018 - Photo by Britt Johnsen, Savage Pacer
When Jasmine Buckner first arrived at Burnsville High School from New York City, she felt alone.
Not only is she not from Minnesota, but she is also black. The school has an image of seeming diverse and inclusive, she said, but she didn’t feel included.
“I didn’t feel welcome at all,” said Buckner, a senior at the high school and a vice president of the school’s brand-new Black Student Union. “Even the students are not inclusive.”
Several of her peers nodded in agreement with her in a group interview recently with the executive board of the Black Student Union, a student group formed at BHS this past fall. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District hired its first African American cultural liaison this school year, Morgan Stampley.