Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Every day, there's something new—with echos of something old—24/7, 365/year, year after year after year. It's exhausting. Fannie Lou Hamer said it best: "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired." We are running a long, long marathon to promote community health in the midst of multiple, deeply rooted, intersecting crises. We must keep nourishing our own and each other's spirits. As promised, SHHS leaders are running this marathon alongside you. Our anti-racism efforts must be structural and deep, like the problem itself, and they will take time to root. We are laying the groundwork to address the realities of implicit bias; stereotype threat; gaps in cultural responsiveness; opportunity gaps; social determinants of health; and structural racism.
COVID continues to dominate our lives -- over 7.8 million American have contracted COVID and over 214,000 have died. One million acres have burned in the California wildfires. Now there is the conflict in along the border bewteen Armenia and Azerbajan which is reverberating in our communities. In times of unrest, it is important that we come together and support one another as a community. Please show empathy and kindness to our students, employees, and families who, as diasporan Armenians, may feel a heightened impact from this situation, and particularly those who may have family members living in the affected areas.
This October is a cacophony of hope, fear, and angst. Please find a variety of resources on this site to support your school communities. The November 3 election will reveal whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be our next president. October is bullying prevention month. The best way to stop bullying is by embracing its antithesis - being kind and caring! October is both LGBTQ History and Filipino American History month - a time to recognize the amazing people who bring vitality and richness into the fabric of America. The poetry of the Filipino writer Carlos Bulosan speaks to many:
“We are the sufferers who suffer for natural love
of man for man, who commemorate the humanities
of every man; we are the toilers who toil
to make the starved earth a place of abundance
who transform abundance into deathless fragrance.
We are the men and women reading books, searching
in the pages of history for the lost word, the key
to the mystery of living peace, imperishable joy;
we are factory hands field hands mill hand everywhere,
molding creating building structures, forging ahead,
Reaching for the future, nourished in the heart;
we are doctors scientists chemists discovering,
eliminating disease and hunger and antagonisms;
we are soldiers navy-men citizens guarding
the imperishable will of man to live in grandeur,
We are the living dream of dead men everywhere”
Visit Let's Talk for age-appropriate resources to talk with children about violence
- 2020 Armenian–Azerbaijani
Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians - 8-lesson unit on the Armenian genocide by Facing History, Facing Ourselves
Armenian Genocide by the History Channel
What is Intergenerational Trauma? - PPT presentation
- Coronavirus - Pandemics and Xenophobia
What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises evaluate both our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.
- Conversations - lessons for advisories & GSAs
CONVERSATIONS -20 minute lessons for advisories. Please also explore the Human Relations website.
In the news...
TALKING POLITICS - Also see the Talking Politics section for many more resources
SOGIE - October is LGBTQ History Month; June is Pride month
All Are Welcome - SOGIE affirming classrooms
HUMAN RELATIONS, DIVERSITY & EQUITY
All Are Welcome - welcoming classrooms
The Day Sport Stood Still - On August 26 and 27, many sports teams went on strike to draw attention to Black Lives Matter.
100 years Later - how women got the right to vote
Alike or Different - expanding vocabulary
Asking for Help - promoting help seeking behavior
Loving Yourself - self esteem and postive body image
Moving Forward - maintaining hope during COVID-19
What's in a Name? - lesson on identity
STORIES OF EXCELLENCE:
Dia de los Muertos - October 31 - November 2
National Day of Silence - April 23
Denim Day - April 28
Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk - May 22
- Conversations - training materials for staff
The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity is happy to facilitate trainings for your school/work. The training materials here are longer in length than the ones in the advisories, and geared to an adult audience.
Back to School 2020 - technniques and tips for starting the year burnt out!
ENGAGING AND EMBRACING SOCIAL MEDIA:
- Let's Talk - Politics
"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019
In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.
- Now Matters Later
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE)
- Stories not Stigma - You, Me, Us
- Be the Change. It's Our Planet. It's Our Future. Act Now.
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