Know Your Neighbor (KYN): Back-to-School Campaign

The Know Your Neighbor: Back-to-School Campaign for Educators, Parents, and Students Sharing Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Schools ran from September 7th – September 15th, 2017

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As the divisive language of hate groups mushrooms in our nation in the wake of Charlottesville, we need to recognize and combat the detrimental impact of such rhetoric on our nation’s school-age youth. The attitudes represented by such groups are swelling beyond a tiny fringe; a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 9% of Americans consider it acceptable to hold racist and xenophobic views, while 10% support the so-called “alt-right,” a leading source of such views.

While incidents of bullying are not unique to the current generation, the current escalation of hateful language and actions against religious and ethnic minorities is unprecedented. The impact upon Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, and LGBTQ students even before this escalation is striking. For example, in the case of Muslim students, a recent survey found that over 40% of American Muslim parents reported that their child had suffered bullying or harassment from peers or school personnel on the basis of their faith, while a 2015 study by a civil rights organization, based on reports from students themselves, found an even higher rate of religious-based bullying, with 55% of Muslim students saying they had been bullied at least once over the previous year.

Bullying impacts students’ mental health, leading to stress and worry that inhibits their ability to learn.

In light of recent events, the Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters program, comprised of over 80 partners across the nation, has launched a Back-to-School Campaign to share best practices to help educators, students, and parents counter hate and bigotry at school and create more inclusive classrooms and schools. We invite you to participate in this campaign by sharing your success stories, concerns, and best practices and resources for countering bias and bigotry and creating more inclusive classrooms and schools.

Below you will find content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that we want you to share using the hashtag #KnowYourNeighbor.

Working together, we will create more inclusive classrooms and schools. Join us by sharing the following social media content, using #KnowYourNeighbor

Social Media Content to Share

If you are an educator, parent, or student, click below to join the Campaign: