Our schools are committed to being safe, welcoming, culturally responsive communities that support the social-emotional health of our students. Bigotry, bias, and bullying have no place. This means we must address violence and racism in our society, and help create discussion and dialogue about how it has impacted people in the past and continues to do so in the present. This webpage offers resources for families to have those discussions, as assembled by experts at DOE. We also offer connections to mental health support—since these are difficult issues for all of us to experience and grapple with.
How to Talk to Your Children About Race
How to Address the Rise in Violence Against Asian American and Pacific Islanders
- Asia Society, The Rise of ‘Dehumanizing’ Anti-Asian Racism in the U.S. In this short clip, Dr. Russell Jeung, a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, speaks about the reports his group has received about verbal harassment, physical attacks, and bullying against Asians and Asian Americans from across the United States.
- Learning for Justice, Min Jee’s Lunch A short story for young students that can be used to begin conversations about stereotypes and the value of speaking up.
- Gothamist/WNYC, Demonstrators, Elected Officials Rally After Surge In Anti-Asian Hate And Violence This article describes a Rise Up Against Asian Hate rally that took place on February 27, 2021 at Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan, and highlights the response of community activists to the recent waves of anti-Asian attacks.
- PBS, Asian Americans, The Fight for Ethnic Studies A video depicting the student-led efforts that resulted in the 1969 launch of the first Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and later San Francisco State.
- PBS, Asian Americans, The Impact of the Vincent Chin Case A video on the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, a pivotal moment in civil rights history. It is the first time that federal hate crime laws are used in a case involving an Asian American victim.
- PBS, Asian Americans, Women Advancing Equality A video about Asian American Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who co-authored Title IX, a law to ensure that no one will be discriminated against in education and federally-funded activities based on gender, and supported civil rights legislation.
- PBS NewsHour, Asian Americans Face a Wave of Discrimination During the Pandemic PBS News Hour correspondent Amna Nawaz interviews Asian American and Pacific Islander activist Helen Zia and Rise founder Amanda Nguyen to discuss the recent surge in Anti-Asian violence and racism.
- PBS NewsHour,‘The Problem with Apu’ and the American Immigrants Stories that Aren’t Being Told An interview with comedian Hari Kondaboluon exclusion and stereotyping in American media, with a particular focus on the character of Apu from “The Simpsons.”
Please visit the Striving for Justice page on the InfoHub for discussion guides and questions.
Mental Health Resources
These can help address stress and trauma that children and families may be experiencing at this time
Free Mental Health Support
- NYC Well For Staff, students and parents
- Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
- Text: WELL to 65173
- Live Chat