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Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret Premieres December 4

This year’s fall musical production, Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret, is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: women’s right to vote. With this timely centenary as our inspiration, the cast chose speeches and songs from our country’s history that speak to struggle, empowerment and justice.

Students in the production researched figures from historical moments like the suffrage, Civil Rights and women’s liberation movements, as well as current struggles like #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and modern voting rights. The show features songs from hit musicals, including Wicked, Into the Woods, Hadestown, Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen. Songs from 15 different musicals interspersed with verbatim speeches from historical and contemporary figures will be performed by the cast.

We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.
-Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, 1866

Years from now, our children will ask us: Where were you when the stakes were so high? And we will tell them, not just how we felt. We will tell them what we did.
-Kamala Harris, 2020

Note the new date!
Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret livestreams on YouTube Premiere on Friday, December 4, at 7 pm. The performance is free and you can see a trailer here. Link available soon.

Cast & Crew: Students at Urban School of San Francisco
Director: John Warren
Musical Director: Erin Neff
Assistant Music Director: Christopher Hewitt
Orchestrator: Rob Reich
Sound Engineer: Dan Feiszli

Urban's Green Team Launches Website

Urban's Green Team student organization has inspired and implemented sustainable initiatives across campus for years, including eliminating plastic bag use across all faculty/staff offices, reducing waste while encouraging composting and Terracycling, and working with the Flik Food service team to create Meatless Monday and other vegetarian and vegan food choices.

Members of the Green Team recently launched an interactive website by and for students and adults! Learn about sustainable everyday practices, like handmade face masks and DIY beauty products. Discover recipes for yummy vegetarian dishes, and explore ways to take action on environmental justice, from petitions on saving wildlife, to news and resources on the California wildfires.

Explore the comprehensive site here

Urban Students Co-Author Stop AAPI Hate Report

(photo: Ben ('20) and Cassie ('21) at Fall 2019 All-School Club Fair recruiting Urban API members.)

Last spring, Urban's Asian Pacific Islander Affinity organization (API) invited Dr. Russell Jeung, professor of Asian-American Studies at San Francisco State University, to speak about the rise in sinophobia during Covid-19, racial profiling, and his work with Stop AAPI Hate. After seeing the amount of support and engagement from the school during and following the forum, Dr. Jeung became inspired to launch a national campaign to get other youth involved in the movement.

This past summer, Urban students participated with 90 other youth around the coutry on the Stop AAPI Hate youth-led campaign to promote racial equality and enact legislation to prevent future acts of anti-Asian hate/violence. The students were engaged in many different projects over the course of the summer, including launching a social media campaign to encourage youth to report experienced or witnessed incidents of discrimination, and participating in the stories campaign, where interns interviewed fellow AAPI youth about their feelings and experiences with anti-Asian hate and violence during the pandemic. Urban students also created educational resources and wrote a policy report outlining how schools can take action to tackle racial bullying.

You can read the report here, and both NBC news and the SF Examiner feature Urban students and their work on this important project.

Thank you to all our Urban student volunteers/interns and their phenomenal faculty advisors Jessica Yen and Ratna Kamath for all their support and mentorship on this important work.

Participating Urban students include:

Cassie E (‘21)
Caroline W (‘22)
Ben N (‘20)
Athena M (‘22)
Kailene A (‘22)
Alex L (‘22)

Gracie V (‘21)
Maggie L (‘21)
Caleb L (‘22)
Emma C (‘22)
Maya C (‘22)
Sarah K ('22)


UrbanReads with David Plouffe

We are delighted to announce our Fall 2020 virtual UrbanReads, featuring David Plouffe, on Sunday, October 11, at 3 pm.  

David will discuss his new books, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump and his middle-grade student book, Ripples of Hope: Your Guide to Electing a New President. Head of School Dan Miller will facilitate a Q&A.

David has distinguished himself as an innovator in the fields of politics, government, technology and philanthropy. Best known as the architect of President Obama’s two presidential campaigns, he took an unprecedented approach to reach voters by leveraging technology and big data, forever changing modern campaigns. As Senior Advisor to President Obama, David was at the center of the debate on the key issues now facing our country. Most recently, David served as a top executive at Uber and helped Marx Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan launch the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he serves as a strategist in residence. In addition to his New York Times best-selling books, David moderates his podcast Campaign HQ where he speaks to the people living and breathing the 2020 presidential campaign.

UrbanReads is co-hosted by the Urban Parent/Guardian Association (PGA) and Urban's Alumni Relations Association. We are excited to welcome all past and current Urban community members to this timely and exciting event! Please see your email for the RSVP link or contact us at