For Elsa Xiong, an eighth grader at Sennett Middle School, speech has given her a platform to speak out against anti-Asian racism and rhetoric brought on during the coronavirus pandemic in the last year. 

Elsa delivered a dynamic speech on Asian American racism to hundreds of her MMSD peers, school educators and staff and Madison community leaders during the virtual Project Soapbox Citywide event this past March, an annual spoken word showcase where students from middle and high schools across the district come together for to speak up about issues that matter to them and impact the lives of their families.