Dear colleagues,

I know this continues to be a difficult and trying time for many in our community. I hope you are all doing well and continuing to stay safe.

About a week ago, Leslie Deslis, our assistant dean for development, emailed some of you about sharing your expertise, resources, and/or the work of your programs around issues related to structural racism and social justice, as well as the violence and brutality experienced by racial minorities in our nation. I have asked Leslie and her team to begin compiling resources that we use in our courses and programs to address social justice so we can share these resources with our communities through our website. We envision building something similar to the resources page shared in response to COVID-19; a page that provides resources for school professionals, education leaders, alumni, and parents to support their efforts as they approach issues of structural racism and social justice through education. The response we received from our alumni, donors, and friends about those resources was overwhelming. I know your voices and expertise would be welcomed at this time as well.

There are several resources and perspectives that could be of interest, including readings from the MAT or MSA programs that provide valuable perspective to teachers and principals, respectively; best practices translated from research that can provide new insights for school counselors and school psychologists; and so on. Those are only a couple of ideas to begin the conversation toward building this resource. We want to share your perspectives and expertise, as well as the resources that you use or have developed through various media – written opinion/perspective columns, lists, webinars, Q&As, etc. – depending on your availability and comfort level with the medium.

If you are feeling tired and overwhelmed, or just busy or at this time, please feel free to not respond to this call. If you have bandwidth and would be interested in sharing, please email Leslie leslie@unc.edu.

Thank you for all that you do, especially your work to create meaningful change through education.

Stay well, stay safe,

Fouad