Promoting Social Justice and Antiracism in Schools: Potential and Peril

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. define key terms regarding systemic racism and white fragility.
  2. explain the ways that systemic racism and white fragility impact the school environment.
  3. identify strategies that can be implemented in schools to address systemic racism immediately.


Following the murder of George Floyd, protests against systemic racism and police brutality commenced nationwide. Social media challenged individuals and institutions to reflect on their own privileges and biases. Students across the country adopted a call-out culture to address their schools’ inequities and racist practices. School psychologists are uniquely equipped to help administrators, teachers, and students weather the resulting tumult. This symposium offers suggestions to incorporate antiracism and social justice practices into K–12 schools.



Jared B. Hammond, Head to Head Consultants
Yael Osman, Kean University
Vanessa Vega, Kean University
Adrienne Garro, Kean University


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