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New San Diego Unified school board trustees sworn in

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San Diego Unified School District
Shana Hazan, San Diego Unified Board Trustee District B, and Cody Petterson, San Diego Unified Board Trustee District C, were elected last month.

Shana Hazan and Cody Petterson, who were both elected in November to replace long-time incumbents on the San Diego Unified school board, were sworn in as trustees to the board on Monday.

“This is not a board that’s adding two new members, this is a new board," trustee Richard Barrera said during the ceremony. "We are going to work our way through a common vision that is going to do great things for young people in this community for generations."

Hazan is a parent, a nonprofit executive, a former public school teacher, and a product of San Diego Unified.

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In her opening statement Hazan said her goal as a trustee is, “To ensure all kids reach their full potential we have to help them build self-efficacy, that intrinsic belief that they have what it takes to achieve their goals."

Petterson is also a graduate of the district, with a Ph.D. in anthropology from UC San Diego. He is also a parent who said he is committed to empowering the younger generation at a time they need it most.

“We live in troubled times, we are surrounded by real crises. Climate crisis, housing crisis, homelessness crisis, the crisis of wealth and income inequality, a crisis of racial and ethnic inequality, and on top of that we have a crisis of democracy," Petterson said.

Hazan and Petterson spoke with KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday about their goals for the district.