At Peekapak we stand against racism, discrimination, and hatred of any kind. We are saddened by the murders that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Boulder, Colorado in the past two weeks. We are mourning the lives tragically and unfairly lost, at the hands of domestic terrorists. The Atlanta shooting is one of the many racist and bigoted acts targeted against the AAPI community that have increased in the last year.

At Peekapak we are grateful for the platform we have been given in which we have the privilege to help raise the next generation of globally aware, enthusiastic, and empathetic citizens of the world. Inseparable to our vision is a commitment to support anti-racist education and anti-racist teaching practices, a commitment to challenge ourselves and our communities to dismantle anti-Asian bias and speak up when we witness the dehumanization of our peers, and a commitment to create spaces in which all students and educators feel safe and heard.

We are committed to supporting our AAPI educators, families and students by advocating for and providing more learning opportunities that embrace diversity and celebrate cultural differences.

To help educators address trauma and anti-AAPI racism, we have compiled a list of resources that can help support the teaching of Asian American history, provide guidance on implementing anti-racist teaching practices, and help discuss topics like racism and discrimination:

Empathy During COVID-19 | Immigrant History Initiative

Utilizes restorative justice dialogue circles to reflect on and discuss the causes of anti-Asian racism and foster empathy among students and other community members.

This free resource contains:

  • A comprehensive facilitation agenda for adapting the dialogue circle to remote learning settings
  • Worksheets to guide engagement before and after the dialogue circle
  • A vocabulary word bank
  • Levelled resources to accommodate for different reading levels

Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)

Provide free lessons and resources for navigating critical conversations with students about race, gender, class and more. They have provided curated lists of literature, videos, and news sources that can be used to teach and learn more about Asian American History.

Asian Americans K-12 Education Curriculum | Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Contains videos and follow-up activities that inform students about Asian American History, the fight for Asian American civil rights, and the current Asian American experience.

To learn more about the increase in hate crimes against the AAPI community please check out these resources:

For places to donate, please check out these community action funds:

Sincerely,

The Peekapak Team

About Ami Shah

Ami Shah is a Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an organization that is empowering the next generation of globally aware, enthusiastic, and empathetic citizens - whether learning is in-person, virtual, or hybrid. To learn more about Peekapak for your school or district, request more information here: http://bit.ly/request-info-on-Peekapak

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