Welcome Back to School? How Funders Can Help Foster Safe and Inclusive Environments for All

Friday, September 8, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PDT
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Students are back in school this month, nearly a year after the conclusion of an election season that prompted tensions to flare and fear to escalate in classrooms and on playgrounds nationwide, particularly for immigrant and refugee students. Educators and parents are watching closely to see if elevated rates of bullying, harassment, and intimidation continue—and many school districts are adopting policies to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment for all. This call will consider the ways in which funders can support these efforts, and speakers will review trends and promising practices that are emerging at the local, state and national levels, in settings ranging from early childhood development centers to PreK-12 schools.



  • Marisol Aviña, Program Manager, The California Endowment
  • BB Otero, President, Otero Strategy Group
  • Adrienne van der Valk, Deputy Director, Teaching Tolerance
  • Shannon Rudsill, Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative [co-facilitator]
  • Felecia Bartow, Vice President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees [co-facilitator]


Creating a Safe Environment for Immigrant and Refugee Students, Families, and Communities: Actions for PreK-12 Schools and Higher Education, GCIR


Registration for this program is now closed.

Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)


A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.

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 A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.