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Resources for Addressing Religious Discrimination


Inclusive schools and the physical and emotional safety of all students are top priorities for educational success and healthy communities.

The U.S. Department of Education has highlighted the urgency of student safety due to a rise in antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents in schools as a result of the discourse in the U.S. and violence taking place in Israel and Palestine. Schools must proactively safeguard students affected by these incidents and help all students foster acceptance and empathy toward people with different backgrounds and histories.

Protecting religious identity is fundamental to creating an inclusive environment. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. This includes protection against discrimination based on religion and shared ancestry, ensuring that students of all faiths are treated with respect and dignity.

MAEC has compiled a list of resources for families, caregivers, educators, and districts to strengthen school safety, build inclusive environments, and confront violence in restorative ways. We drew from organizations explicitly committed to working across differences as a bridge to fostering an inclusive and safe school environment necessary for positive learning and the well-being of all students.



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