NAIS Statement in the Aftermath of the Attacks in Atlanta

Dear Colleagues,

The horrific killing of eight people— six of them women of Asian descent—in Atlanta, Georgia has left so many of us grieving and angry. I wanted to check in with you and to share some resources.

Hate crimes against people of Asian heritage have increased dramatically in the last year. Of the nearly 4,000 bias incidents and hate crimes reported to the organization Stop AAPI Hate between March 2020 and February 2021, nearly two-thirds of those attacks were on Asian women.

A significant number of bias incidents and hate crimes happen in schools, leaving Asian families and children more fearful about daily experiences and interactions with peers. It is our responsibility as leaders to ensure that everyone is safe and respected in our schools.

We also need to provide emotional support to all those who are struggling to cope with this week’s news. I hope the resources below will help you support your community.

Donna Orem
President, NAIS


Combating Anti-Asian Bias

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy

Responding to Tragedies of Violence

Media Consumption

Bias and Hate Crime in Schools and Society