• Community Justice and Support

    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

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Board Resolution to observe April 24 in recogniation of the Armenian Genocide

Board Resolution Standing with the Armenian People 

Q&A: What is happening in Artsakh/Armenia?

NY Times - Why is conflict flaring between Armenian and Azerbaijan?

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 

Talking to Children About War or Terrorism




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 -20 minute lessons for advisories. Please also explore the Human Relations website. 

In the news... 

2020 Census - You Count

So you think you can vote

To Vote or not to Vote

College Athletes Rock the Vote


TALKING POLITICS - Also see the Talking Politics section for many more resources

The three branches of government

What is a political party?

Electoral College

 The Presidential Debates

How campaigns influence people

SOGIE - October is LGBTQ History Month; June is Pride month

Stonewall Riots

Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk

Stories of Excellence - Marsha P. Johnson

Addressing LGBT Bias

Xenophobia & Pandemics

LGBT Etiquette

Queering Culture 

All Are Welcome - SOGIE affirming classrooms 

Same Love

Gender Roles


What is sexual orientation?

Session 1. - Getting to Know You

Session 2. Who Are You

Session 3. Resiliency

Session 4. Staying connected

Sessions 5 & 6. Healthy relationships

Session 7. What do I say to...

Session 8 & 9. Coming Out


All Are Welcome - welcoming classrooms 

California Native Plants

The Day Sport Stood Still - On August 26 and 27, many sports teams went on strike to draw attention to Black Lives Matter. 

United Farm Workers

What is "Check your privilege"?

100 years Later - how women got the right to vote

Alike or Different - expanding vocabulary

Asking for Help - promoting help seeking behavior

I Disagree!

Let's Talk About Feelings

Loving Yourself - self esteem and postive body image

Moving Forward - maintaining hope during COVID-19

What's in a Name? - lesson on identity 

When you classmate is getting roasted

My Digital Footprint

So you think you can vote

To Vote or not to Vote

What is an Extremist Organization?

Are you being recruited by an extremist group? 

What is BLM?


Stories of Excellence - Kamala Harris

Stories of Excellence - RGB

Stories of Excellence - AOC

Stories of Excellence - Little Miss Flint

Stories of Excellence - Meghan Markle

Stories of Excellence - Rep. Ilhan Omar

Stories of Excellence - Caster Semenya

Stories of Excellence - Breonna Taylor

Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk


What happened on 9/11?

California Native American Day, Sept. 25

National Coming Out Day - October 11

Indigenous Peoples Day - October 12

Unity Day, October 21

Dia de los Muertos - October 31 - November 2

Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20

Kids Day - November 20

Let's Talk About Thanksgiving

World AIDS Day - December 1

Kwaanza - December 26 - January 1

Earth Day - April 22

National Day of Silence - April 23 

Junetheenth - June 19

Denim Day - April 28

Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk - May 22

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! 

Addressing LGBTQ Bias

Sexual Harassment in Spanish

Xenophobia and Pandemics

Courageous Conversations about Racism

Mental Health & Gender Diverse Youth

Mental Health & Sexual Minority Youth

Handbook of SOGIE-related vocabulary


Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 1. Power & History of Media

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 1. Power & History of Media, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 2. Definitions, Implications and Differentiation

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 2. Definitions, Implications and Differentiation, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 3. Statistics and Support

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 3. Statistics and Support, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 4. Celebrating Cyber Safety

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 4. Celebrating Cyber Safety, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 5. Using our power for GOOD

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 5. Using our power for GOOD, narrated

Bullying Prevention & Response

"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.


Talking Politics


Videos and Public Service Announcements

Principals Toolkit

Bullying Prevention & Response - Staff training


Bullying Resources

Now Matters Later

Out for Safe Schools

Out for Safe Schools - Calendar Resources

LGBT Resources

Building Community. Addressing Bias

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Voices of Religion, Culture & Ethnicity

Our Planet. Our Future. Act Now.

  • Out for Safe Schools Campaign

    Bullying We Stand Together  17+ Ways to Stand or Kneel for School Safety


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