Talking About Race

At Lowell, we are dedicated to upholding social justice and practicing equity and inclusion. Including and valuing diverse voices and perspectives in both our reflective thinking as well as our curriculum are at the core of this community.
Lowell’s Mission and Philosophy prepares us to stand up and walk together especially when we are hurt and challenged by the pain our society continues to experience. Our responsibility as a school that strives to create an intentionally inclusive community in which every individual belongs demands that the Lowell School community engage in self-reflection and hold ourselves accountable to a new standard of action. This work is never finished. We encourage people to contact our DEI team at  LowellDEI@lowellschool.org to share their stories and ideas.

Resources

As we process the range of emotions, it can be hard to know what step to take next. Know that the Lowell community is here for you and with you even as you feel being lost, overwhelmed, and unsure as to how to take action.

Please use these resources to help process emotions your family may be experiencing and guide conversations with your children.

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  • Donna's Letter Responding to Anti-Asian Violence

    Dear Lowell Community,
     
    Each Friday, as I leave Lowell and begin my drive home, I pass by groups of people on various corners of 16th Street holding Black Lives Matter signs. They have been there faithfully, every Friday, since last summer. People drive by, including me, honking their horns in support. Simultaneously, violence and hate speech targeting Asian Americans and other Asian and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. has been on the rise since the pandemic began. Time magazine has reported that in New York City alone, hate crimes motivated by anti-Asian sentiment increased 1,900 percent in 2020. Increasing violence against Asians and Asian-Americans in our country and our very own Lowell community have left me feeling incredible pain and loss.
     
    Yet, I see no signs of support on corners for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, despite their struggle being one that belongs to all of us. All too often, these incidents go unreported or ignored, reinforcing a sense of invisibility that pours salt in the wound of injustice.
     
    I write to you feeling much as I felt last June when I wrote to you following George Floyd’s death. I write with anger and sadness. We cannot ignore the hate directed toward Asians and Asian Americans in this country. We must stand in solidarity with and raise our collective concern for all people of color. We do this by showing empathy and speaking out against racism in all its forms.
     
    To members of our Lowell community who identify as Asian or Asian American, we see you, stand with you, and stand next to you.
     
    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our values as a school. So too is our work to prepare students to be active members of a democratic society. We teach our students to be allies and upstanders, and we teach them to be advocates and make a difference. Most importantly, we do this together, as a community, in partnership with our faculty, staff, and our Lowell families.
     
    We will continue to fight against racism together, and we will do so with a renewed sense of urgency. A world of violence, anger, and fear is not the world we want for our children—or for ourselves.
     
    Know that I hold you and everyone who has felt the impact of this violence and racism in my heart during this difficult time.
     
    In solidarity,
     
    Donna
     
    *For families looking for ways to engage your children in conversation or take action yourselves, I encourage you to take advantage of the following resources:
     
    Anti-Asian Violence Resources
    https://apienc.org/ (Building power and increasing visibility of the non-binary, queer and transgender AAPI community.)
    https://www.apexforyouth.org/ (Providing educational and mentorship opportunities to underserved Asian youth and immigrants.)
    https://asianhealthservices.org/ (Provides health, social, and advocacy services for Asian people.)
    https://stopaapihate.org/ (Tracking and responding to Asian hate crimes.)
    https://www.aaldef.org/ (Protects and promotes civil rights of Asian Americans.)
     
    Social media to follow:
  • Resources for Parents

    Responding to Anti-Asian Violence
    There have been nearly 3,800 incidents of hate violence targeting Asian folks nationwide since last March, according to @stopaapihate. There are many ways we can show up for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. As Alice Wong (disability_visibility) shared on Twitter, we can all do our part by: Engaging in political education, Following Asian and Asian American people & support their work, Learning about Asian American history, supporting organizations doing the work to protect and resource API communities:
    A list created by writer and producer Sarah Sophie Flicker and activist Alyss Klein, of anti-racist teachings and resources including, articles, podcasts, and videos for families, to deepen anti-racist education and personal work.

    A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice. PDF by Teaching Tolerance.

    EmbraceRace
    EmbraceRace identifies, organizes, and creates tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks to meet 4 goals:
    • Nurture resilience in children of color
    • Nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes
    • Raise kids who think critically about racial inequity
    • Support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children
    Author Jason Reynolds helps young people understand what led to the protests we’ve seen over the past week and what children can do to build a less racist society.

    Nurturing Brave Kids Who Seek Social Justice

    Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America By Jennifer Harvey. "For families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions."

    Resources from the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC).

    A conversation with Howard Stevenson, clinical psychologist from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, whose studies investigate racial stress and racial trauma.

    From the Anti-Defamation League. Helps family members engage in a discussion about the killing of George Floyd, how bias and hate escalate and the larger context of systemic racism.

    Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). "NASP seeks to help schools and families engage in constructive dialogue about privilege, prejudice, power, and the ways that all of us can work together to shift the conversation from hate and violence toward understanding and respect to ultimately bring about positive change and unity to our communities."
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