In the News: Twenty Years after 9/11, Muslim Students Still Need Our Help

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Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by EdSource. This article, Twenty years after 9/11, Muslim students still need our help is reprinted in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.

It’s been more than 20 years since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and — though nearly all Muslims despise the violent, militant Islamic group to which the attackers claimed allegiance — Muslims are still viewed with suspicion and face significant challenges when it comes to feeling safe and welcome in American schools.

This includes K-12 schools and universities in California, where a recent survey by the Council of American-Islamic Relations recently discovered that Muslim students are bullied and harassed at twice the national rate of other students. The organization’s 2019-20 study found that 40% of Muslim students in California K-12 schools and colleges report mistreatment for being Muslim.

As California schools prepare to receive thousands of Afghan refugee students over the next several months, it is imperative that educators take seriously the task of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for Muslim students.

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