Social Justice & School Psychology Resources

Anti-racism and Social Justice Resources

Our School Psychology community will stand up and fight attacks against Blacks, people of color, and those that are from undeserved, underprivileged communities.  We cannot tolerate continued blatant racism, oppression, and violence against those of color.  Across the country, the call is loud to end supremacy culture, systemic racism, anti-Black racism, and police brutality.  While it is difficult to understand and witness such horrific actions, change needs to take place immediately!

School psychology is a small field, but we are strong and have committed voices.  We are in a collegial community that is united to hearing, understanding, and changing cultural and institutional barriers.  The CSUEB School Psychology Program has joined with APA Division 16 School Psychology, Trainers of School Psychologists, Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs, Society for the Study of School Psychology, the American Board of School Psychology and the National Association of School Psychologists to reaffirm our commitment to be anti-racist agents of change.  Our Program is committed to help shape and give tools to future school psychologists to be innovative leaders for social equality and justice.  Our mission is to teach and empower voices for change.

School Psychologists have an ethical responsibility to engage in social justice.  We need to speak up and stand up! Our professional community hears the pain, understands injustices, asserts our voices, and take action for social equality.  The CSUEB School Psychology Program commits to the School Psychology Unified Anti-Racism Statement and Call to Action 

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/diversity/social-justice/school-psychology-unified-anti-racism-statement-and-call-to-action

 

It is important for school psychologists and other educators to understand the historical and contemporary conditions that have resulted in many of these violent acts, as well as others’ reactions (including violence) to these events. 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.

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/diversity/social-justice/understanding-race-and-privilege

 

FOR OUR ASIAN AMERICAN AND ASIAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN RESPONSE TO THE ATLANTA SHOOTINGS AND OTHER ANTI-ASIAN HATE CRIMES

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BzafIUA9yf9Lgs7LGf3aJeGDeyJ4M80wUDP62UdEHfQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

COVID-19 and Mental Health

COVID-19 pandemic has caused much devastation and psychological and emotional challenges. Children and youth in particular are a vulnerable population as they try to understand and navigate the new normal. Children look to adults to help deal with stressors. There are things that adults can do to support and model healthy coping skills. This resource highlights tips for helping children cope with the changes due to COVID-19.

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

 

Lunch and Learn Series & Social Justice Resources

The School Psychology Association (SPA) and Social Justice League (SJL) hosts a variety of differnt events and webinars to promote social justice and equity. Lunch and Learn Social Justice series was kicked off in September 2020. The series features different expert speakers sharing their knowledge and experienes on topics that matter, racism, social injustice, poverty, violence, white priviledge...! Bring your lunch and join us for powerful conversations and how we can be change agents. It's time for all of us to RISE UP and SPEAK UP. 

The Social Justice League, a recognized student organization at CSU, East Bay, promotes and advocates for diversity and equality for underserved populations. SJL are committed to fighting social injustices, promoting awareness about social issues, providing resources and support to underprivileged communities. Each semester, SJL leadership team sponsors various activities, webinars for students and on and off campus events to support the community (e.g., fundraising, school adoptions, mental health awareness) as a way to give back, empower, and educate those without voices.

*Click on the topic icon front and back for presentation materials, handout(s), and zoom recording.
 LL Jennings
Introduction to Inequities with Dr. Greg Jennings
LL Emily Santiago
Trauma Informed Strategies for Disrupting Racial Injustice in Schools with Emily Santiago
LL Mari Gray
Creating Space for Equity: Adding a Spatial Justice Lens to Your Analysis of Schooling with Dr. Mari Gray

Equity Wall

"Focusing on educating ourselves via reading, attending seminars, listening to those most affected, and examining whose voices we surround ourselves with, focusing on the institutionalizing and socializing rather than focusing on specific person who we think are causing harm, and looking at our communities and who we can most reach, while also considering the distrust within communities (especially those most affected) and understanding that we need to work to rebuild those relationships."

"..breaking the glass ceiling and how the glass ceiling limits many people from experiencing equality."

 "Having the courage to speak out and be uncomfortable and even contradicting the historical and habituated ways of doing things, particularly in schools that have been doing things the same way for years and years."

School Psychologists DISRUPT for Social Justice and Inequities

How to be a DISRUPTER?

1. Look within 2. Name the problem. What is your fire, what matters to you? Go for it! 3. Human-centered approach 4. Notice and reflect! 5. Examine sources of disproportionality so we can DISRUPT It! 6. Examine those ideas and practices that need disrupting! 7. Promote equitable ideas, practices, and policies! 8. Promote culturally affirming practices through a student-centered lens! 9. Don't Quit Ask WHY! How does this benefit students? Dr. Byron McClure @NASP 2021