May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
and Mental Health Awareness Month!
During the month of May we celebrate our Asian American, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities as well as Mental Health Awareness. Check out our Zoom Backgrounds below, and Advisory Lessons for more.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and falls between April 12 and May 12 in 2021. It is widely observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to celebrate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad (the prophet in their religion). Fasting as a religious practice occurs among many religions. In the Islamic faith, fasting between dawn and dusk is recommended for healthy persons beginning with puberty. Ramadan is viewed an opportunity to cope with normal life under a different set of circumstances. Supporting our Students during Ramadan
Check out our Advisory Lesson on Ramadan here: Ramadan- PowerPoint Link
Local District Central Talia Guppy, LCSW (she/her)
Local District South Susanna Zoeckler, LCSW (she/her)
Local District East Tina Southern, LCSW (they/she)
Local District West Samantha Gottell Torres, LCSW (she/her)
Local District NW Frances Marion, LCSW (she/her)
Local District NE Cristina Vigil, LCSW (she/her)
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LAUSD Condemns Hatred and Violence towards the AAPI Communities
Human Relations, Diversity & Equity recognizes the ongoing struggle and pain endured by our Asian community. In this moment, we challenge our school communities to engage in dialogue about what everyone can do to help end Anti-Asian racism and discrimination. On March 8th, 2021 the LAUSD School Board also released a statement regarding this ongoing crisis. Several lessons and rsources can help guide these important conversations - COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism, Xeno What? Xenophobia in America. Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Human Relations, Diversity and Equity encourages all staff to review the Psychological First Aid handout for a refresher on how to use the tools you already have to support yourselves and your students who may be struggling. Furthermore, all staff should also be aware of services available to them through the district Employee Assistance Program.
Below, please find some Advisory Lessons, Zoom backgrounds, and additional resources that may assist in supporting the dialogue around Anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
Resources for Discussing the Conviction of the Former Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd and Supporting Mental Health for Black Students
Supporting our Communities during the trials for former officers involved in the murder of George Floyd, by the Legal Rights Center of Minneapolis, offers videos explaining the judicial process a Restorative Processing Toolkit with suggestions for facilitating restorative practices racial justice circles.
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