Building a Strong Community for Racial Justice
Lowell Public Schools is launching a three-part series of virtual sessions which will help us to learn, listen and take action against all forms of racism and discrimination within our community. The first community we will highlight is our Asian American community in Lowell.
Building a Strong Community for Racial Justice:
Learn, Listen, Act
And Stand Together Against HatePart One - Learning How to Stop Hate - was held on three dates between April 22-29 and was facilitated by Dr. Phitsamay Uy from the Center for Asian American Studies at UMASS Lowell. If you missed it, we strongly encourage students, families and staff to watch the recording from one of the sessions (video posted below). You will learn more about the rise of anti-Asian hate acts since the onset of COVID-19, reflect on the history of racism in the US against Asian Americans, and learn strategies for responding when you witness acts of racism or hate. This session also included information on how to report acts of racism and discrimination using the school district’s bias-based reporting protocol.April 29, 2021 Session
Listen: school-based sessions where Asian and Asian-American parents, students, and staff share their personal experiences with racism. Other community members will be encouraged to share their experiences as well.
5/19 4-5 Elementary level
5/20. 6-7 Middle School level
5/27. 6-7 High School level
Part 3 (sessions in May/June; dates/times TBA)
Act: active ways to build family discussions with our students about recognizing, addressing, and acting against racism, including sharing mental health and academic resources, and sharing the LPS plan to combat racism.
This is the kick-off series in our on-going discussion of building a strong community against hate and racism.