Equity Assistance Center

Statement on Recent Events in Charlottesville

IDRA EAC-South and National Equity Assistance Center Network Statement on Recent Events in Charlottesville

The four regional equity assistance centers provide technical assistance to help public schools address equity in education related to race, sex, national origin, and religion, and issues occasioned by desegregation. The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently, as well as the vandalizing of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, can be tied to an intolerance of racial, ethnic and religious diversity that has no place in our society. We are deeply saddened and very concerned by these events.

We take this moment to bring to your attention that we are here to help during these times when issues such as these that cause emotions to be raw and tensions to be high. The equity assistance centers stand ready to assist public schools create an open school environment that is safe for all students.

So, if you witness or hear of acts of hatred and discrimination in your schools and would like help in addressing these issues related to race, color, religion, sex or national origin, please contact your regional equity assistance center for free, immediate support or assistance and check out resources such as the following for more information about what you can do to help students.

School Anti-Harassment Policy Review Tool  

Addressing Disproportionate School Discipline of Students of Color

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools bilingual flier

Speak Up at School: How to Respond to Everyday Prejudice, Bias, and Stereotypes 

Against Bias pocket guide

The IDRA EAC-South is one of four regional centers. Our Region II center covers Washington, D.C., and 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For questions, email to eacsouth@idra.org or call IDRA at 210-444-1710.