Journalism Editor & Board Member
Esha Bajwa (she/her) is the Kentucky Student Voice Team's Representative to the Student Action Network for Equity and a member of the board.
Esha Bajwa (she/her) joined the Kentucky Student Voice Team after participating in the inaugural Education Justice Writing Cohort. She was immediately enthralled by KSVT's structure and operation as an organization seeking to transform Kentucky schools by allowing youth to design and lead the justice work for themselves. Since then, Esha has been heavily engaged with various projects across the organization, including contributing to the initial Race to Learn research study; writing pieces for the development of the Student Voice Forum, an independent blog that was the precursor to The New Edu; drafting scripts for the "Get Schooled" Podcast; analyzing data from the Coping with COVID qualitative research interviews; and supporting other youth-led efforts whenever needed. She also serves as one of the Student Action Network for Equity coordinators, helping to build connections with other youth organizers throughout the country.Esha got started in social justice work prior to her involvement with KSVT when she started a small club at her high school called “Students For Change.” Despite not being able to host in-person events due to COVID, Esha helped host webinars that grabbed the attention of her principal and teachers alike with guest speakers on topics like immigration stories, Native American heritage, Holocaust survivors/remembrance, Black history, Women’s history, mental health awareness, AAPI heritage and much more.After graduating from Fern Creek High School in 2022, Esha began attending the University of Louisville with the desire to study Computer Science and Engineering.
Time to Talk: A Qualitative Study of Students' Perspectives on Diversity and Representation in their Classrooms
This report presents findings from a Kentucky Student Voice Team 2024 study into students’ experiences with and perspectives on cultural diversity and racial representation in their classrooms and schools.
Coping With Covid in Kentucky Part II: A Call to Action for Post-Online Learning
The second in our Coping With Covid series, this report includes quotes that underscore that while school districts were forced to quickly pivot to online learning for student safety, many could have better addressed both student and educator needs.
Data to Navigate Our Futures Poll
Through a collaborative partnership with the Data Quality Campaign, we found that high school students want access to data to navigate their own futures while superintendents want better access for district and school decisionmaking.
Kentucky Student Voice Team Releases Report on Racial Diversity & Inclusion in School
Youth-led research expands upon 2022 ‘Race to Learn’ study that gathered over 10,000 Kentucky student survey responses.
Kentucky Students Launch Independent Education Media Service
Young people from the Kentucky Student Voice Team published the first articles on The New Edu, a new youth-led education media service.
New National Polling Highlights That Students and Superintendents Alike Want Access to Data
High school students want access to data to navigate their own futures while superintendents want better access for district and school decisionmaking.
KSVT Adds Students & Adult Allies to Board
Thirteen students and two adult allies were appointed Directors of the Kentucky Student Voice Team on Friday. The intergenerational Board of Directors reflects KSVT’s mission to promote more democratic schools and communities.