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 Hate

     
     
    Part One - Learning How to Stop Hate - will be offered on three dates between April 22-29 and facilitated by Dr. Phitsamay Uy from the Center for Asian American Studies at UMASS Lowell . We strongly encourage students, families and staff to sign up for one of the sessions below where 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 will also include information on how to report acts of racism and discrimination using the school district’s bias-based reporting protocol.

     

                

     

     

    Interpretation services will be available in Spanish, Khmer, Portuguese, Vietnamese and American Sign Language (ASL). If you are in need of interpretation services in an additional language, please contact Vannak Khin, Bilingual Family Liaison Lead by email (vkhin@lowell.k12.ma.us) or phone (978-328-6782). Please be sure to indicate your preferred language. The deadline to request interpretation for the April 22 session is April 21 at 10am. The deadline to request interpretation for the April 28 and April 29 sessions is April 26 at 10am. 
     
     
     

    Coming Soon

    Parts two and three will take place in May. Stay tuned for more information.

     
     

    Part 2 (sessions in May; dates/times TBA) 

    • 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.

     

    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.