PAUSD is committed to equity and our mission to create and sustain a climate where all students, staff, and families feel valued and respected. Our communities of color are experiencing a great deal of pain and outrage right now and it is important that they know that the attitudes and actions behind the recent racist incidents and violence do not represent our values. As a community we can help our children to understand what is contributing to the racial violence in our country and to address social injustice, racism, learn how to make lasting change in a democracy.

The four agreements for a courageous conversation

Stay Engaged:

○ Don’t Let your heart and mind check out!

Expect to experience Discomfort:

○ Agree to experience discomfort so that we can deal with issues of race in an honest way.

Speak Your Truth:

○ Be honest about your thoughts, feelings and opinions. Say them in a way that is true for you.

Expect and Accept Non-closure:

○ Accept that you will not reach closure in your understandings about race and race relations. There is no such thing as a “quick fix.”

(Singleton, G. “Courageous Conversations about Race”)

From Developing Self Care through Racial Equity presentation

21 day equity challenge!!!

In case you missed it the first time around, head to to learn more about an amazing opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse with family, friends, and anyone else about what equity means, how to challenge current systems of oppression, and promote a more unified future.

Below are some amazing resources to help you support others, and understand better, all that is happening. Please feel free to reach out to the Wellness Team for more information and support.

You will find both Websites and Book Lists below! Just keep scrolling!

Websites by topic

Great Reads

Name - Author


A is for Activist - Innosanto Nagara

AntiRacist Baby - Ibram X Kendi

Hands Up - Breanna J. McDaniel

Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Good Kind of Trouble - Lisa Moore Ramee

Piecing Me Together - Renee Watson

All American Boys - Jason Reynolds

How it Went Down - Kekla Magoon

Stamped - Jason Reynolds

Let's Talk about Race - Julius Lester

Not My Idea - Anastasia Higginbotham

Something Happened in Our Town - Marianne Celano

The Undefeated - Kwame Alexander

This Book is Anti-Racist - Tiffany Jewell

So You Want to Talk about Race - Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

Name - Author

Online articles

Beyond the Golden Rule - Dana Williams

My Grandmother’s Hands - Resmaa Menakem

White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

Me and White Supremancy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor - Layla Saad

So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice - Paul Kivel

Witnessing Whiteness - Shelly Tochluk

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race - Derald Wing Sue

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know (Educational Leadership for Social Justice) - Tema Jon Okun

Towards the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter - Chris Crass

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race (Teaching/Learning Social Justice) - Frances Kendall

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, Revised and Expanded Edition - George Lipsitz

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood - Jim Grimsley

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories - Eddie Moore, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Ali Michael

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America - Joseph Barndt

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race - Debby Irving

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander

Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire