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Cultural Responsiveness & Equity

The NCSMH team grieves the racist murders of Black people in the US. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery are only a handful of recent, high-profile examples. Racism and white supremacy are embedded in US history, upheld by inequitable policies and actions, and impact the health and well-being of people of color. Within this larger context, schools have long struggled to address the racial disparities in discipline and the opportunity gap. Through addressing structural and systemic inequities long present in the education system, schools have opportunities to develop and model equitable and anti-racist policies and practices. We all have the ability to learn, heal, and grow together.

Below are resources for schools, mental health providers, communities, families, and students on cultural responsiveness and equity in school mental health. This page is created in collaboration with the Cultural Responsiveness and Equity Specialty Track of the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health (CREtrack@som.umaryland.edu). We will add to the content on this page in coming weeks.