We Have an Ethical Responsibility
With the death of George Floyd and the racially charged events throughout last week along with protests over the weekend, our nation is in pain. This comes on top of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home order, which has placed a brighter spotlight on the inequities and social injustice of our underserved students and families.
We have an ethical responsibility to advocate for all students, support students and the school community, and collaborate with appropriate school officials to remove barriers.
Lezya Weglarz, school counselor from Woodland Park Middle School in the San Marcos Unified School District, created
Resources for Educators: Addressing Racism
. There are links to articles, videos, websites, and webinars to provide school counselors with tools to open up these discussions not just with students, but with parents, colleagues, family, and friends.
This is an opportunity to educate ourselves and others and create allyship, defined as the continuous process in which someone with privilege and power seeks to first learn about the experiences of a marginalized group of people, and then ultimately empathize with their challenges and build relationships with that group of people. We must take a stand and we must not stay silent.