Preventing and Responding to Discriminatory Behavior: Schools and Campuses

Today, the United States and the broader international community face a range of difficult issues and concerns as our global population becomes increasingly connected and diverse. Leaders at home and abroad are challenged to think critically and strategically about how best to address and protect the rights of all people, especially those from historically underrepresented groups. Individuals across the nation have both the opportunity and responsibility to create environments that uphold our shared values of inclusivity and tolerance of others.

The U.S. Department of Education is committed to maintaining safe, respectful and nondiscriminatory environments, particularly in schools and learning environments. It is critical for school and district leaders to feel supported and prepared to handle incidents and behaviors that may disrupt the emotional and physical safety of all students and staff. The following list of resources provides guidance and support for teachers and school leaders who wish to implement strategies that ensure students are not subjected to discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or national origin.  

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