A coalition of minority students at Carrboro High School debuted the first episode of a podcast series that features anonymous students providing firsthand experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior Phoenix Tudryn, a member of Carrboro High School’s Black & Brown Student Coalition and one of the founders of the podcast, said the podcast was created primarily for teachers. He said he hopes that by hearing the personal experiences of Black and brown students, teachers can better prepare themselves to support students when school starts.
“The whole point of the podcast was to let students give input on what teachers can do to be better so that staff can adjust curriculum,” Tudryn said. “Teachers are trying to craft a way to support their students and their mental health, but it’s really hard to do that if you don’t understand what students have been through.”
The coalition hopes the podcast will elevate the voices of students who do not typically have a say in the decisions made by Carrboro High School’s administration.
Senior Julian Taylor, also a member of the coalition, said communication between the administration and students is dominated by white student groups.