Racial Equity & Social justice resources

This page was developed as a part of a larger effort to support school social worker leadership in addressing issues of racial equity and social justice.  Our SSWAA model calls for school social workers to address education rights and advocacy as a critical component of the work that we do.  School social workers are ethically called to address structural inequalities that impact a students’ educational trajectories and advocating for policy changes at all levels. School social workers play an important role in addressing issues of racial equity, inclusion, and social and economic justice in our schools. Particularly at a time when there is a national call for addressing racial inequalities and be actively anti-racist in our work and personal lives, we hope that these resources can support this work for school social workers nationally and internationally.

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On Sunday afternoon in the suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, just a few miles from where George Floyd was murdered, a 20 year old Black man was killed at the hands of a police officer. Our hearts mourn with Daunte Wright's family and we offer our deepest condolences as they try to reconcile life without their loved one. As our communities grieve yet another life lost due to police violence, we also have to acknowledge the persistent psychological, spiritual and physical toll of each and every one of these traumatic deaths. We may find our students, families, staff and even ourselves cycling through a variety of feelings such as hopelessness, despair, pain, sadness, angst, fear, etc. The layers and layers of trauma perpetuated by institutional racism harms all of us and requires a holistic healing centered approach. 

School social workers are well positioned to be transformational leaders in promoting equity, inclusivity and supportive school environments. Guiding efforts to heal our communities is fundamental to our practice not only through the direct services provided, but also through advocacy efforts. Despite these unprecedented challenges facing our nation, school social workers’ knowledge and expertise are integral to the health and well-being of the individuals and communities we serve. 

 

As school social workers, "we need to assess our own spheres of influence and our skill sets, thinking about how we can use our strengths, develop new skills, and be willing to be courageous and take risks in order to enact anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices" in order for collective healing to begin (Villarreal Sosa, L., & McCoy, C., 2020). Before you can provide support or to become an agitator to disrupt the toxic systems continually causing harm, take a moment to pause, breathe and reflect upon where you are. Tap into practices that help you find essential grounding. Then once you have re-centered, please lean into the variety of racial equity and social justice resources listed on our website to support you in this work. Here are just a few items to help you:

videos & podcasts
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    Courageous Conversations About Race by Glen Singleton

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    Greg Curran's Social Justice in Education: Pushing the Edge

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    The Danger of a Single Story (TED) by Chimamanda

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    TEDx Talks: The Cure for Racism - Dr. Napolean Wells

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    Intergenerational Trauma Lecture

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    Cultural Humility

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    TEDx Talks: Why we must confront hard historical truths - Hasan Kwame Jeffries

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    Brené with Aiko Bethea on
    Inclusivity at Work: The Heart of Hard Conversations

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    Clint Smith: The Danger of Silence

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    Rx Racial Healing

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curriculum
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Second Edition, Routledge, 2007 - Spheres of Influence

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  • Speak Up At School: How to Respond to Everday Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes

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  • Reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring  "The 1619 Project" into your classroom

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  • Raising Little Allies-To-Be by Wander and Wonder Studio

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  • Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline: An Educator's Action Planning Guide

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  • Mapping Social Identity Timeline Activity

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  • Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling In

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  • Teach This: “The Hill We Climb” and the 2021 Inauguration

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Books
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    Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

    By Ruth King

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    The Inner Work of Racial Justice

    By Rhonda Magee

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    How to Be an Antiracist

    By Ibram X. Kendi

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    Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

    By Layla Saad

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    What if?

    By Steven L. Robbins

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    So You Want to Talk About Race

    By Ijeoma Oluo

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    My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

    By Resmaa Menakem

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    It's Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching

    By Steven Goodman

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    For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

    By Christopher Emdin

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    20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good

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    My Own Words

    By Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    With Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams

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    Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing

    By Dr. Joy Degruy

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    Between the World and Me

     

    By Te-Nehisi Coates

articles
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    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Immigrant Students and Families in Schools

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    Advocating for Latinx Children's Rights and Supporting Their Healing from Trauma: School Social Workers as Nepantleras

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    Supporting LGBTQ Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Tipsheet for School Social Workers

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    On a Cure for Racism

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    "Take Your School Reform to White Kids So They Don't Grow Up to Kill Black People"

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    Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

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    What do Disruptive Behaviors Indicate

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    The issues surrounding Native American Education

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    What is Race?

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    Selected Resources on Race and Equity

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    In a Virtual Classroom, How Do You Care for Kids Threatened by Gun Violence?

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    Jande Addams, Ida B. Wells, and Racial Injustice In America

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    Using Data to Advance Racial Equity: Schools that strive for equity can collect, interpret, and use data about students in purposeful and self-reflective ways.

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    How to Be an Antiracist Educator

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    Fostering Civil Discourse How Do We Talk About Issues That Matter?

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    Speaking Up Without Tearing Down

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    Anti-Racist Work in Schools: Are You in it for the Long Haul?

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    What Happened When My School Started to Dismantle White Supremacy Culture

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    Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

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    How to Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies

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    "No, I Am Not OK." Thanks for Asking.

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The School Social Work Association of America empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students nationally and globally.

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