Race and Equity Resources

(Updated November 5, 2020) School counselors are advocates for the equitable treatment of all students in school and in the community. School counselors must be prepared to talk to students about race issues and anti-racism. In addition to ASCA standards guiding ethical, equitable and inclusive school environments and school counseling programs, the following resources are helpful in addressing issues of systemic and institutional racism with students. Additional resources are regularly added.

ASCA Resources and Statements
ASCA Town Hall: Racism in Schools
ASCA Town Hall: Leadership & Advocacy to Address Racism in Schools
ASCA Statement: ASCA Condemns Violence and Institutional Racism
ASCA Member Letter: Anti-Racism Initiatives 
ASCA School Counselor Standards in Practice: Eliminating Racism and Bias in Schools
Position Statement: The School Counselor and Equity for All Students
Position Statement: The School Counselor and Cultural Diversity
Magazine article: Myth Busters
Magazine article: Will We Overcome
Webinar: Social Justice and the ASCA National Model (Members Only)
Webinar: Address Students’ Race-Based Stress and Trauma
Webinar: Engage Staff on Issue of Race Through Book Study
Webinar: Interrupting Racism: Race and Equity in Your Program
Webinar: Ignite Change for Equity and Inclusion
Webinar: Supporting Students After Crisis and Loss
Webinar: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Webinar: Cross-cultural Counseling: Understand Bias and Practice Humility
Webinar: Build Multiculturally Aware Students
Webinar: Support Underrepresented Students' Academic Rigor
Journal article: Race, Gender, Class and Achievement: A Culturally Responsive Approach to Urban School Counseling
Journal article: An Examination of Referrals to the School Counselor by Race, Gender and Family Structure 
Journal article: Gender and Ethnic Bias in Letters of Recommendation: Considerations for School Counselors
Journal article: Supporting Interethnic and Interracial Friendships among Youth to Reduce Prejudice and Racism in Schools: The Role of the School Counselor 
Journal article: Exploring the Work Experiences of School Counselors of Color
Journal article: Transitioning to High School: Issues and Challenges for African American Students
Journal article: Teaching School Counselors to Use Evidence-Based Practice to Advance Social Justice: A Case Study
Journal article: Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: A Leadership Framework for Professional School Counseling
Journal article: The Multicultural School Counseling Behavior Scale: Development, Psychometrics and Use

Talking about Race and Racism
ADL: Fighting Hate for Good: Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism
Alliance for Resource Equity: Tools and resources for education leaders and advocates
​Center for Racial Justice in Education: Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Radicalized Violence with Kids
CNN: How to Talk to Your Children about Protests and Racism
Facing History and Ourselves: Upstander
Future of Learning: Race Conversations in the Classroom
Institute for Educational Leadership: Adaptation of Courageous Conversations About Race
Medium--Lion's Story: Talking to Children After Racial Incidents
National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race
National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race
National Network of State Teachers of the Year: Discussion Guide: Courageous Conversations About Race in the Classroom
NEA Ed Justice: Talking About Race
NAEYC: Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families
Race Forward: 10 Ways to Start a Conversation About Race
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race
Special Olympics: Inclusion Tiles game
Teaching Tolerance: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students
Teaching Tolerance: Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students

Standards, Guidelines and Resources
Association of Educational Service Areas: Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization
ASCD: Anti-racism resources 
ASCD: How to Be an Antiracist Educator
ASCD: Why We Can't Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning
Education Trust: Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Through an Equity Lens
Sarah Kirk, elementary school counselor: Anti-Racism Resources for Families
Medium: When SEL is Used as Another Form of Policing
NEA EdJustice: Curated resources for building awareness and advancing social justice
NASP: Understanding Race and Privilege
NEA EdJustice: Confronting White Nationalism at School Toolkit
NEA EdJustice: Racial Justice in Education
Teaching Tolerance: Denouncing Hate and Violence at School 
Teaching Tolerance: Social Justice Standards
Teaching Tolerance: Strategies for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Prejudice: Essential Principles
Data and Policy
ACLU: Cops and No Counselors
ACLU: Race, Discipline and Safety at U.S. Public Schools
Forward Promise: Disrupting Dehumanization and Affirming the Humanity of BYMOC and Their Villages
KY Dept of Ed: Guidance on How Districts Can Facilitate Conversations About Race-Based Stress and Trauma
TNTP: The Opportunity Myth

Trauma and Mental Health
APA Stress in America Report: High Stress Related to Coronavirus is the New Normal for Many Parents
Chalkbeat: How Community Trauma Can Hurt Student Learning
Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health: Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America
Medium: The Future of Healing--Shifting from Trauma-Informed Care to Healing-Centered Engagement
Teaching Tolerance: Affirming Black Lives without Inducing Trauma
The Lancet: Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental study
Podcasts and Blogs