Earlier this week, the EFC Board passed a resolution affirming EFC’s strong support for our community. Specifically, the resolution (which can be read here) states that Education for Change facilities and programs are a sanctuary for all children and adults. We strongly believe that public education is a right for ALL children in our community, and that EFC provides a safe, welcome, and protective environment for our students regardless of background, including undocumented or documented immigration status, religion, gender, ethnicity, etc. Passing this resolution is one part of EFC’s efforts to support our community and maintain a safe learning environment for ALL our students.
EFC is aware of the anxiety in our communities given the recent political context. This resolution sets in place procedures that we must abide by in order to ensure that our students have the right to attend school regardless of the immigration status of the child or of the child’s family members.
This issue really hits home for the EFC family. Our Chief Operating Officer, Fabiola Harvey said, “I can attest to the fear everyone is feeling, especially in the last weeks. Waking up every morning knowing that you may not come home is a terrifying thought. Our children must feel safe at all times and that is our highest priority. Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to honor the commitment to protect our most precious asset: our kids.”
In addition to passing this resolution, EFC is taking additional steps to support our community, including:
- Creating banners to post at our schools to message this support for all students.
- Supporting our Family Leadership Councils to host immigrant rights workshops for our families so they understand their rights and options. If you want to know more as an advocate and educator, this resource is very helpful.
- Encouraging our staff to create safe spaces for children and sharing resources such as Teaching Tolerance to provide our students with emotional support.
As we move forward, we will continue to ensure the EFC Community is informed. We want to let our families know that this affects us all and that we will always have their backs.