Reaffirming Our Position on Social Justice and Anti-racism
March 24, 2021
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”-Martin Luther King Jr.
As a follow-up to Principal Balas’ recent newsletter, the Department of School Counseling reaffirms our commitment to social justice and anti-racism. The social-emotional well-being of our students is our primary concern. We support all of our students as they find a sense of belonging, demonstrate empathy and create positive and supportive relationships at school and in the world outside of school.
The recent mass shooting in Atlanta that targeted members of the Asian American community is a horrific tragedy and another example of ongoing racism, discrimination, and violence in America against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Nearly 3,800 hate incidents have affected Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the last year coinciding with the spread of Covid-19.
As we move forward, every member of the Department of School Counseling is committed to ardently addressing issues of equity and social justice. While we may not always share the same experiences or know exactly what to say, we will not be silent about race and racism.
We understand that the weight of what is happening in our world is heavy, but no Titan is ever alone. Help is always available! A direct link to our contact information can be found in our signature, followed by a short list of resources for students, families and fellow educators.
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