In a recent statement by Rey Saldaña, president and CEO of the Communities In Schools®(CIS™) National Office, Rey shared how the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the resulting wave of protests across the country reminds us of a painful truth about our nation’s past and indeed the current times we live in. Moreover, a New York Times Opinionist also brings up CIS in relation to Black Lives Matter and racial equity in a recent article.
CISGG has historically addressed DIE issues by surrounding underserved students with the resources they need to focus on learning and achieving in school and in life. Most of the students we serve qualify for free- and reduced-lunch/ meals; many live in homes headed by a single parent or kin. We serve all students who qualify for and need our help. At the end of the day, our goal is to advance the quality of life of those we serve through our focus on identification, preparation, and pipeline activities early in students’ development/schooling through family, school, and community support networks. In this process, we trust as it has produced the desired results.
One of the things that we would like to provide for our supporters are ways that they can support individuals and groups to achieve racial equity. With that said, we encourage our stakeholders to create spaces to discuss race. Some quick tips that we have, include: create a welcoming environment, root out biases and barriers, encourage self-expression, be open yourself, engage and don’t avoid, create opportunities for discussion, and these are just a few ways that we can begin creating racial equity by Racial Equity Tools . For more tools and resources, or just to talk about racial equity and what you can do, reach out to us at cisgg.org or email us directly as [email protected] We look forward to talking with you!