[Wsssc] FW: OCR Dear Educator Letter re Discrimination Against AAPI Students

Joe Holliday jholliday at sbctc.edu
Thu May 27 13:57:00 PDT 2021

WSSSC: I was asked to pass this OCR Dear Educator Letter on to you as an FYI.


Joe Holliday
Director, Student Services
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
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From: Maryam Jacobs <mjacobs at sbctc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 1:55 PM
To: Joe Holliday <jholliday at sbctc.edu>; Pam Kelly <pkelly at sbctc.edu>; Ha Nguyen <hnguyen at sbctc.edu>
Cc: John Ginther <jginther at sbctc.edu>
Subject: FW: OCR Dear Educator Letter re Discrimination Against AAPI Students

Hi Everyone,

This is another communication from Department of Education that may be very useful to the colleges student services, HR, and various civil rights coordinators.  Could you please distribute it through your list serves?

Thank you,

Maryam Jacobs
Phone:  (360) 704-4389
Email:  mjacobs at sbctc.edu<mailto:mjacobs at sbctc.edu>

From: Litsakis, Maria <Maria.Litsakis at ed.gov<mailto:Maria.Litsakis at ed.gov>>
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 5:16 PM
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Subject: OCR Dear Educator Letter re Discrimination Against AAPI Students

Dear MOA Coordinators and State CTE Directors,

I write to share that this afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Dear Educator Letter<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/correspondence/stakeholders/educator-202105-aapi.pdf> reminding schools of their obligation to investigate and address all forms of harassment based on race, color, or national origin, including harassment directed at Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.

You can find this letter in OCR’s News Room<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/newsroom.html> along with Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105.pdf>, a resource for students and families that OCR and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division issued earlier this month. I have also included the full set of translations below for your convenience.

Today’s Dear Educator Letter builds on efforts across the government, including President Biden’s memorandum, Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States<https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/26/memorandum-condemning-and-combating-racism-xenophobia-and-intolerance-against-asian-americans-and-pacific-islanders-in-the-united-states/>, to recognize and address the recent increase in harassment and violence directed at AAPI individuals. I hope you find this resource useful and, as always, welcome your thoughts and suggestions to support equal opportunity for all students, including educational environments that are free from harassment and other forms of discrimination.


Please see the links below for multiple translations of Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools, a resource for students and families issued jointly by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Read the Fact Sheet (English)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105.pdf> (507K)
မြန်မာစကား (Burmese)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-burmese.pdf> (942K)
简体字 (Sim. Chinese)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105-chinese-ms.pdf> (943K)
繁體字 (Trad. Chinese)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105-chinese-mt.pdf> (646K)
Hakha Chin (Hakha Chin)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-hakha-chin.pdf> (904K)
日本語 (Japanese)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-japanese.pdf> (958K)
ကညီကျိာ (Karen)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-karen.pdf> (988K)
ខ្មែរ (Khmer)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-khmer.pdf> (985K)
한국어 (Korean)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105-korean.pdf> (571K)
ພາສາລາວ (Lao)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-lao.pdf> (922K)
ไทย (Thai)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-202105-thai.pdf> (931K)
Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105-tagalog.pdf> (488K)
Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese)  PDF<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-factsheet-aapi-202105-vietnamese.pdf> (464K)

Maria Litsakis
MOA Attorney
Program Legal Group
Office for Civil Rights| U.S. Department of Education
646-428-3768| maria.litsakis at ed.gov<mailto:maria.litsakis at ed.gov>

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