Back 2 School CommUNITY Pledge Week

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As schools resume in person, the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, in partnership with the DOE, City Commission on Human Rights and DYCD, is launching a campaign to promote respect, kindness and civility with a Back2School CommUNITY Pledge, a movement for NYC’s students, teachers, friends and families to send a clear message: hate has no home in NYC and our kids are going to lead a future of love, friendship and respect.

For the Back 2 School CommUnity Pledge Week, September 20-24, and the remaining part of the year, we ask you join us in taking the Pledge to Celebrate Community and participate in the below activities. Take the pledge and spread the word, please feel free to use our Social Media Toolkit. Please have families fill out the Media Consent Form for DOE use at the beginning of the school year and keep it on file. The form will also be available in the New York City Schools Account Parent Portal after September 21, 2021; where parents with NYCSA access will be able to sign and submit the form electronically.

I pledge to:

  • Stand up against hate and bullying
  • Speak out when I hear mean or hurtful “jokes”
  • Learn about and get to know diverse people
  • Respect and be kind to others
  • Do my part to support and celebrate our CommUNITY 

Activities

Early Childhood

K-5

Middle School

High School

K-12

You Have Rights: The NYC Commission on Human Rights activity book is a free resource to help young New Yorkers learn about the New York City Human Rights Law and the activists who fought for human rights in a fun and interactive way. Educators, guardians, and youth service providers can use the book and its lesson plans to work with young New Yorkers to learn, discuss, and understand key areas of the New York City Human Rights Law.

Staff and Families

Professional Development Opportunities

Asian American Education Project

Free Professional Development Workshops for Educators with CTLE credits: The Asian American Education Project will be showcasing our curriculum on the Asian American Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) experience; divided into themes, participants will:

History UnErased

FREE with CTLEs and Open to All NYCDOE Educators on Integrating and/or Supporting LGBTQ-inclusive Curriculum (NYCDOE calendar page)

Informational Session for Parents and the Community on LGBTQ-inclusive History

Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American Harassment and Xenophobia Workshop

The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

For general information: holla@ihollaback.org

Training dates and times:

Bystander Intervention to Stop LGBTQIA+ Harassment

The Bystander Intervention to Stop LGBTQIA+ Harassment workshop is on September 14th, @ 2pm (EST), Tuesday, September 14th 2021. 2:00PM ET/ 1:00PM CT/ 12:00PM MT/ 11:00AM PT/ 8:00AM HST. Register for the September 14 Zoom Event.

Stand Up Against Street Harassment

The Stand Up Against Street Harassment workshop is on September 29th, @ 4pm (EST), Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 4:00PM ET/ 3:00PM CT/ 2:00PM MT/ 1:00PM PT/ 10:00AM HST. Register for the September 29 Zoom Event.

New York City Commission on Human Rights Workshops and Trainings

The Commission works with organizations to provide free workshops to educate staff and community members about their rights and obligations under the law. Offerings include professional development trainings on the New York City Human Rights Law and protections based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, creed, and other categories. To request a workshop for your school community, please fill out our Workshop Request Form.

Be Loud, Be Proud

Gender, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

This program is a three-part series for youth to create a space for dialogue and action amongst Gender and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) students in schools regarding discrimination, harassment, and bullying as experienced by LGBTQI youth. Students discuss their experiences with discrimination through the lens of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. It also provides youth with information and resources to support safer and welcoming school learning environments and using the Commission as a resource.

Students for Human Rights

This one-hour workshop informs students about the City’s Human Rights Law and protections against discrimination, harassment and bullying in relation to the protected classes under the law. Resources to combat discrimination, harassment and bullying are provided.

No Hate, No Fear: Understanding Muslim Experiences and Combating Anti-Muslim Bias

This program promotes understanding of the City’s diverse faith communities. The workshop addresses what is referred to as anti-Muslim racism, introduces Muslim beliefs and practices, outlines best practices in working with Muslim New Yorkers, and elaborates on the protections under the City Human Rights Law against discrimination based on religion.

Resisting Oppression and Racism (R.O.A.R)

Human Rights Law and Protections Against Discrimination Based on Race and Color This program series provides a historical context for race and color-based discrimination and how it has impacted the lives of New Yorkers, institutions, and the delivery of services and resources in New York City. The three-session program educates students on their rights and protections against discrimination under the Human Rights Law. Students analyze concepts related to race and color, learn about efforts and resistance to combat racism, and find ways to become the voices for social and racial justice.

Working Toward Healing Circles

As a result of the collective experience of COVID-19 related trauma and hate, the New York City Commission on Human Rights is striving to create spaces for healing by hosting Working Towards Healing Circles for New Yorkers to commune. The New York City Commission on Human Rights in partnership with New York Peace Institute is offering free “Talking Circles” facilitated by experienced restorative justice practitioners to help people find connection and support during challenging times. A Talking Circle creates a structure for people with common interests to share their concerns, solutions, and resources, while building strength and community. To request a circle for your organization and for more information, please email youth@cchr.nyc.gov

Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander intervention is built on the idea that we all play a role in creating safe public spaces for each other when we see our neighbors and community members facing bias, discrimination, or harassment. The NYC Commission on Human Rights and community partners regularly co-host bystander intervention trainings to provide New Yorkers with the tools and strategies to safely respond when they witness bias incidents and discrimination. Participants leave these trainings equipped with verbal and behavioral de-escalation strategies to non-violently intervene to disrupt hate-violence or hate speech. The trainings explore the meaning of safety, of being an effective ally, and how identity plays a role in the ways we choose to intervene. In response to the unprecedented climate of anti-Asian bias, discrimination, and harassment connected to COVID-19 stigma, since March 2020, the Commission has regularly hosted intervention trainings for adults and youth. To request a workshop for your school community, please fill out our Workshop Request Form.

Youth for Equity and Solidarity Initiative

The NYC Commission on Human Rights is committed to investing in the leadership of young people who are at the forefront of positive change. The Community Relations Bureau has worked to empower young leaders in schools, community organizations, and after school programs. Through these efforts, we partner with young people to identify human rights issues in their communities, develop solutions, and build their leadership skills. To request the workshops and programs below, please contact youth@cchr.nyc.gov

Preventing Hate Together

The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) has developed Preventing Hate Together, a presentation on the landscape of hate crimes and how NYC takes a comprehensive approach to address them. If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, email OPHCEducation@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Respect for All, Building Respect

RFA Conversation Skills (Kognito online training): Sign-in and learn how all school based staff (teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, RFA liaisons, etc.) should respond to bullying incidents. Practice effective conversation techniques to address biased language in the classroom, reach out when you suspect signs of bullying, and reinforce staff responsibilities in reporting bullying behavior.

3GNY'S Educational Initiative

3GNY'S Educational Initiative brings Holocaust lessons to life with guest speakers’ personal testimony; grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, trained to compellingly share their family stories with students. These personal and engaging presentations help promote understanding and educate diverse audiences about the perils of intolerance. Guest speakers will visit your middle and high school classrooms - in-person or virtually. 3GNY's (“3G”s - third-generation descendants of Holocaust survivors) guest speakers, available at no cost to schools through WEDU (WeEducate) program. Contact them today to book your presentation for the 2021-22 school year.

Project Witness

Project witness offers resources for Holocaust education including in-person programs with survivors.

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

The Museum offers several opportunities throughout the year for active classroom teachers and is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) by the New York State Education Department. To view upcoming programs, visit our Events calendar and sort by “Teacher Professional Development”. Professional development programs on September 30, October 4, and October 13. You can also use the Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum, which is a set of 10+ lesson plans designed to be implemented in a range of grades and across subject areas.

Beyond Differences’ Innovative Educator Cohort 2021-2022

Beyond Differences’ mission is to inspire students nationwide to end social isolation and create cultures of belonging for everyone. We envision a world where all youth are accepted, valued, and included no matter their differences. Beyond Differences is a student-led social justice movement empowering students to become activists and change the culture of schools. We provide schools with Social Emotional Learning tools to help tackle loneliness and foster a sense of community and complementary professional development for educators. 

Join Beyond Differences to kick off the 2021-2022 Cohort with an introductory session on September 27, 2:30PM - 4PM (Eastern Time), with 1.5 CTLE credit. 

All NYCDOE Grade 5-8 Educators, Counselors, Administrators, and Supporting Staff are welcomed to attend and participate! 

We will spend the hour exploring activities that foster student belonging and practical SEL strategies for affirmation, connection & reflection. Then we will take 30 minutes to learn more about Beyond Differences year-round 2021-2022 cohort opportunity and answer any questions you have. 

Please register for the Beyond Differences' Innovative Educator Cohort for a Zoom invite.

Resources

Resources for Educators

Community Based Resources

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-Focused Resources 

  • Stop AAPI Hate: Reporting center that “tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.” Their 5-pronged approach is to:
    • Serve as the leading aggregator of anti-Asian and anti-Pacific Islander hate incidents
    • Offer multilingual resources for impacted community members
    • Provide technical assistance from rapid response to preventative measures
    • Support community-based safety measures and restorative justice efforts
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Civil rights-focused organization that offers hate crime reporting services and community resources such as bystander intervention training.
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: litigates cases that have major impacts on the Asian American community; provides legal resources for community-based organizations and facilitates grassroots community organizing efforts; conducts free, multilingual legal advice clinics for low-income Asian Americans and new immigrants; educates Asian Americans about their legal rights; comments on proposed legislation and governmental policies, and trains students in public interest law and encourages them to use their legal skills to serve the community.

Black-Focused Resources

  • Call BlackLine: The purpose of the BlackLine is to provide people with an anonymous and confidential avenue to report negative, physical, and inappropriate contact with police and vigilantes. BlackLine is also a 24/7 national crisis support hotline and texting service. Support offered: peer support and counseling, reporting of mistreatment, affirming listening services for Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks. This organization is run with a Black LGBTQ and Black Femme lens.
  • PBS Learning’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Resources: Materials for educators and students to help understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States and think about ways to address it in their own communities.
  • African Services Committee: “Our programs address the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. We provide health, housing, legal, educational, and social services to more than 6,500 people each year. Staff representing more than 20 countries and speaking over 25 languages provide culturally and linguistically relevant support to this diverse and growing community.”
  • Project NIA: founded and directed by Mariame Kaba, Project NIA supports incarcerated youth as well as those victimized by violence and crime through community-based alternatives to the criminal legal process.

Hispanic/Latino/Latinx-Focused Resources

  • Make the Road/Se Hace Camino NY: program offerings include Adult Literacy, Civic Engagement, Community Organizing, Health Access, Leadership Development, Legal Services, and Youth/School Programs.
  • UnidosUs Resources for Navigating Your Public Schools: Includes general resources on welcoming immigrant students and families, student and family resources, supporting undocumented students, and educator resources with a focus on supporting Hispanic/Latino/Latinx communities.
  • United We Dream Toolkits and Resources: United We Dream resources include supports that include tools for combating Hispanic/Latino/Latinx dissemination and driving local impact in communities to ensure protections and inclusivity for immigrant communities.
  • ImmSchools Educator Hub: ImmSchools is an immigrant-led nonprofit organization that partners with K-12 educators to transform schools into safe and welcoming spaces for undocumented students and families. Additional resources are available for students and families.

Indigenous, American Indian, and Alaskan Native-focused Resources

  • American Indian Community House: American Indian Community House (AICH) was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster intercultural understanding.
  • National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian’s Honoring Original Indigenous Inhabitants: Land Acknowledgement: Resources and guides to help support the practice of land acknowledgment, a traditional custom that dates back centuries in many Native nations and communities to recognize Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands on which we now live.
  • Native Women's Wilderness: A hiking and outdoor adventure group that brings "Native women together to share our stories, support each other, and learn from one another as we endeavor to explore and celebrate the wilderness and our native lands."
  • New York Indian Council: Promotes the well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people by providing health services that are in tune with AI/AN history, traditions, and philosophies.
  • Urban Indigenous Collective (UIC): UIC devotes its advocacy and support of quality accessible and affordable health and wellness services grounded in cultural humility for federal and state-recognized tribal members along with self-identified Urban natives living in the tri-state area.

Jewish-Focused Resources

LGBTQIA+ Focused Resources

  • The Anti-Violence Project (AVP): AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. AVP also has violence reporting services.
  • Audre Lorde Project: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education, and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.
  • Marsha P Johnson Institute: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. They do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.
  • Intersex Justice Project: An organization that works to #EndIntersexJustice for Intersex liberation

Middle Eastern North African (MENA)-Focused Resources

  • Tarab NYC: Community organization providing support for people who are MENA (Middle Eastern/North African) and LGBTQIA+.
  • Arab-American Family Support Center: AAFSC is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed, multigenerational social services to immigrants and refugees.
  • Arab American Association of New York: To empower the Arab immigrant and Arab American communities by providing free educational, social, mental health, and immigration support services to help immigrants adjust to their new home and to become active, independent, and productive members of society.

Muslim-Focused Resources

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