At Lowell High School, Elizabeth Statmore works to help Black students make history.
I was grading a mountain of special right triangle quizzes on my lunch block, when one of my Black Student Union advisees popped her head into my classroom. “Hey, Dr. S — do you have a hot glue gun?”
I couldn’t help but smile as I fished one out of my cabinet for her.
When you hear the words “Lowell Black Student Union,” mine is probably not the first face that comes to mind. To be honest, as a middle-aged white Buddhist math teacher, I never expected to be doing this either.
But part of my work on the school’s equity steering committee is to find new ways to make Lowell a more welcoming place for our gifted and talented Black students — and that means pushing beyond my own comfort zone. So I offered to share my experience as an entrepreneur to help them raise money, mentor teams, and clear obstacles in the service of insanely great projects.