• Community Justice and Support


    We can't begin to understand this pandemic without talking about structural racism.  And, we can't talk about racism without facing our history.

    Every day reveals yet another connection between COVID-19 and racism, and other haunting echo of injustices past...  

    August 27, 2020: A study came out showing that in Massachusetts, as in other states, people of color have been hit hardest by COVID-19.
    August 27, 1918 (history's echo): The deadly second wave of the Spanish flu erupted in Massachusetts; as with COVID-19, African Americans who caught the Spanish flu were hit the hardest.

    August 28, 2020: An article came out showing that housing segregation plays a substantial role in health disparities, including COVID-19.
    August 28, 1941 (history's echo): A racial covenant was formed in an upscale neighborhood in King County, WA, prohibiting non-whites from moving in; the legacy of such covenants continue to be felt today, structuring where racial groups—and COVID cases—are concentrated.

    August 29, 2020: The news reported that COVID-19 outbreaks continue in jails, where people—disproportionately of color—are especially vulnerable.
    August 29, 1955 (history's echo): The murderers of Emmett Till were arrested, only to be acquitted later by an all-white jury; privilege and oppression in the criminal justice system enabled tragic loss.  

    August 30, 2020: An article was published showing that K-12 remote learning is having a disparate impact on English learners and lower SES families.  
    August 30, 1954 (history's echo): Virginia launched a "massive resistance" to Brown v. Board of Education's desegregation order; schools remain intensely segregated today, with devastating impacts, and it is worsening.

    August 31, 2020: The California Legislature adjourned for the year, leaving a large amount of unsolved, unfinished work related to COVID-19 and racism.
    August 31, 1962 (history's echo): Activist Fannie Lou Hamer was flatly denied the right to vote; tactics have changed, but people of color remain underrepresented politically, and their needs are not always met.

    Every day, there's something new—with echos of something old—24/7, 365/year, year after year after year.  It's exhausting.  Fannie Lou Hamer said it best: "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."  We are running a long, long marathon to promote community health in the midst of multiple, deeply rooted, intersecting crises.  We must keep nourishing our own and each other's spirits. As promised, SHHS leaders are running this marathon alongside you.  Our anti-racism efforts must be structural and deep, like the problem itself, and they will take time to root. We are laying the groundwork to address the realities of implicit bias; stereotype threat; gaps in cultural responsiveness; opportunity gaps; social determinants of health; and structural racism.  

    Thank you, as I will never tire of saying, for running this marathon together.
    Pia and the SHHS Leadership Team



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What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises evaluate both our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.




CONVERSATIONS -20 minute lessons for advisories. Please also explore the Human Relations website. 

In the news... 

Stories of Excellence - RGB

2020 Census - You Count

So you think you can vote

To Vote or not to Vote

College Athletes Rock the Vote


TALKING POLITICS - Also see the Talking Politics section for many more resources

The three branches of government

What is a political party?


Addressing LGBT Bias

Xenophobia & Pandemics

LGBT Etiquette

Queering Culture 

All Are Welcome - SOGIE affirming classrooms 

Same Love

Gender Roles


What is sexual orientation?

Session 1. - Getting to Know You

Session 2. Who Are You

Session 3. Resiliency

Session 4. Staying connected

Sessions 5 & 6. Healthy relationships

Session 7. What do I say to...

Session 8 & 9. Coming Out


All Are Welcome - welcoming classrooms 

California Native American Day, Sept. 25

California Native Plants

The Day Sport Stood Still - On August 26 and 27, many sports teams went on strike to draw attention to Black Lives Matter. 

United Farm Workers

What is "Check your privilege"?

100 years Later - how women got the right to vote

Alike or Different - expanding vocabulary

Asking for Help - promoting help seeking behavior

I Disagree!

Let's Talk About Feelings

Loving Yourself - self esteem and postive body image

Moving Forward - maintaining hope during COVID-19

What's in a Name? - lesson on identity 

When you classmate is getting roasted

My Digital Footprint

So you think you can vote

To Vote or not to Vote

What is an Extremist Organization?

Are you being recruited by an extremist group? 

What is BLM?


Stories of Excellence - Kamala Harris

Stories of Excellence - AOC

Stories of Excellence - Little Miss Flint

Stories of Excellence - Meghan Markle

Stories of Excellence - Rep. Ilhan Omar

Stories of Excellence - Caster Semenya


What happened on 9/11?

National Coming Out Day - October 11

Dia de los Muertos - October 31 - November 2

Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20

Kids Day - November 20

World AIDS Day - December 1

Kwaanza - December 26 - January 1

Earth Day - April 22

National Day of Silence - April 23 

Junetheenth - June 19

Denim Day - April 28

The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity is happy to facilitate trainings for your school/work. The training materials here are longer in length than the ones in the advisories, and geared to an adult audience. 

Back to School 2020 - technniques and tips for starting the year burnt out! 

Addressing LGBTQ Bias

Sexual Harassment in Spanish

Xenophobia and Pandemics

Courageous Conversations about Racism

Mental Health & Gender Diverse Youth

Mental Health & Sexual Minority Youth

Handbook of SOGIE-related vocabulary


Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 1. Power & History of Media

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 1. Power & History of Media, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 2. Definitions, Implications and Differentiation

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 2. Definitions, Implications and Differentiation, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 3. Statistics and Support

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 3. Statistics and Support, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 4. Celebrating Cyber Safety

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 4. Celebrating Cyber Safety, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 5. Using our power for GOOD

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 5. Using our power for GOOD, narrated

Bullying Prevention & Response

"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019

In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.


Talking Politics


Videos and Public Service Announcements

Principals Toolkit

Bullying Prevention & Response - Staff training


Bullying Resources

Now Matters Later

Out for Safe Schools

Out for Safe Schools - Calendar Resources

LGBT Resources

Building Community. Addressing Bias

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Voices of Religion, Culture & Ethnicity

Our Planet. Our Future. Act Now.

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