24/7 Respect Partnerships
The partners of 24/7 Respect are a diverse group of local, state, and national associations and organizations who are dedicated to the work of ending bias and sexual misconduct in schools.
"As advocates for equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, we know it is important to treat every member of the human family with respect and dignity. This skill should be learned at an early age so when we go on to college and to the world of work, we know how to appreciate and value our individuality as well as our differences, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, language or national origin. We salute the Boston Public Schools' 24/7 Respect Program and its efforts to develop a generation of civil and bias-free students, employees and leaders in the future."
Shirley J. Wilcher, Executive Director
The American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity is a national, not-for-profit association of professionals working in areas of equal opportunity, compliance, and diversity. AAAED has 45 years of leadership in providing professional training to members by equipping them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy for affirmative action and other equal opportunity and related compliance laws and regulations to enhance the diversity tenets of access, inclusion, and equality in employment, economic, and educational opportunities. Their tag line is, "Advocate. Educate. Activate."
"ADL New England is proud to support the 24/7 Respect Program. As incidents of bias and prejudice continue to proliferate in K-12 schools, the need for anti-bias education initiatives is greater than ever. At ADL, we believe in the power of peer influence on students' attitudes and behaviors. Our Peer Training Program is proof that when students learn the tools of how to be allies to their peers, positive social change is sustained in schools. We are grateful to Boston Public Schools for taking this proactive initiative to combat the spread of hate and to actively promote respectful, inclusive schools."
- Robert Trestan, ADL New England Regional Director
ADL's Education Department provides educational programs, training, and resources for grades PreK-12 and college/university settings. ADL's anti-bias and bullying prevention programs assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors. ADL's work in confronting anti-Semitism empowers young people with constructive responses to combat anti-Semitism.
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare, and public services for our students, their families, and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.
BSAC advocates for and protects the voices of students in BPS by empowering the student body to express their opinions regarding education reform and ensuring that students are included in decision and policy-making that impacts their lives and educational experiences.
The Boston Teachers Union is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for the school system's 10,000 teachers, other non-administrative, professional employees, paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers. They also represent 2, 600 retirees.
Formed in 1974 and made up entirely of current BPS parent volunteers, the Citywide Parent Council (CPC) is the umbrella organization of the 125 School Parent Councils (SPC) in Boston Public Schools (BPS), and is the officially recognized voice of all BPS parents.
City Year envisions a City Year Boston culture where systems and structures are consistently transparent, people feel their voice is valued as they are included in decisions for our organization's future, and honest conversations are supported by accessible tools, encouraging individuals to own their learning. We aim to provide a diverse site where everyone feels they belong while ensuring equitable experiences for all.
Eversource's mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service in work, in community service and leadership, and in doing the right thing for their customers, co-workers, shareholders and the environment.
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents mission is to provide all Massachusetts children with a world-class education by; seeking strategies to continuously improve public education; speaking with a cohesive, powerful voice on behalf of laws, policies, and funding; supporting superintendents and assistant superintendents with information, including professional development and a network of peers.
The mission of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is to serve member schools and the maximum number of their students by providing leadership and support for the conduct of interscholastic athletics which will enrich the educational experiences of all participants.
"The Massachusetts School Administrators' Association (MSAA) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) is pleased to support the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Schools Office of Equity in their efforts to help reduce bias and sexual misconduct within schools through their 24/7 Respect program. The resources available in this program provide components to assist educators in having thoughtful, productive, respectful and needed discussions and conversations about reducing bias and sexual misconduct within schools. The inclusion of lesson objectives, appropriate vocabulary, guiding questions, realistic video scenarios and self-reflection in the 24/7 Respect program enhances the authenticity of understanding why a program such as this is invaluable to all individuals in all schools. Thank you to the Boston Public Schools for empowering students to learn and know how to prevent and address bias-based and sexual misconduct. This is a program that is worthy of all school systems to embrace and include in their curriculum."
Serving the needs of elementary level, middle level, and high school administrators of the Massachusetts School Administrators' Association to support and promote quality educational opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students.
"MASCA is excited to support the 24/7 Respect Program and hopes that students involved with the program will better understand what bias and sexual misconduct are and how to report it."
Bob Bardwell, Executive Director
The mission of MASCA is to advocate for school counselors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing leadership, collaboration, and professional development.
"Our children will thrive in a learning environment built on a culture of respect and appreciation for others' differences. Empowering children to be change makers is the core to building stronger generational leaders. The BPS 24/7 Respect program is placing an emphasis on morals and values in our children's everyday living." -Monalisa Smith, CEO of Mothers for Justice and Equality
The mission of MJE is to end neighborhood violence by empowering mothers and youth to challenge the normalization of violence and become effective catalysts for change in their homes, schools, and communities. By reclaiming the identity of our communities we restore a sense of hope and purpose for children, youth, and adults.
NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. We support the development of capacities in people - individually and collectively - to help create a caring and balanced world. We envision a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, thereby reversing the old paradigm predicated on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.
"We are more than happy to be listed as a supporter of this initiative. The 24/7 Respect program produced by Boston Public Schools definitely aligns with our mission of helping to create safe, supportive, and inclusive spaces."
Greater Boston PFLAG
Greater Boston PFLAG works to create environments of understanding so that all people can live with dignity and respect through Support: to cope with an adverse society, Education: to enlighten the public, Advocacy: to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
"Boston Public Schools'24/7 Respect program highlights the urgent need to address modern bullying in our community. The 24/7 Respect program celebrates the uniqueness of our young people while reminding youth that every person's actions matter and we all have a role to play in creating safe spaces. The program emphasizes kindness, acceptance, and inclusion; something adults and young people alike must work on."
Alexandra Oliver- Davila, Executive Director
Sociedad Latina creates a world in which Latino youth see themselves as changemakers. It starts with a space where arts and culture is combined with education and leadership; where Latino youth are supported to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Teaching Tolerance's mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
"Open communication and guidance are absolutely necessary for kids to learn how to develop healthy relationships. These skills remain important into adulthood. Without them, we cannot make progress towards building a world free of gender-based violence, sexual misconduct, and inequitable practices. The Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement is a proud supporter of this work. "
The Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement is to promote gender equity by empowering women and removing systemic barriers to their advancement.
Our Mission compels us to embrace, reflect and celebrate the richness of diversity within each other and the many communities we serve. In that Christian principles are caring and inclusive, we are respectful of various expressions of faith and serve families and individuals from all traditions, backgrounds, and perspectives. Together, we work to ensure that everyone, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity at our YMCA.
Since 1994, Youth on Board has been a leader in the field of youth organizing in the Boston area and beyond. YOB is a youth-led, adult supported organization where young people of color have the space and tools to recognize and utilize the power they hold to dismantle political and economic structures that reinforce inequity. YOB believes in the power of students to transform their communities by recognizing that when young people are fully engaged-when their voices are heard, their opinions matter and their unique perspective is respected-they commit themselves to making their schools, their communities, and their own lives better.