Ways to Support Your Sikh Students
Prevent Bullying: Over 50% of Sikh students report experiencing bullying or harassment because of their Sikh identity. Teach students and staff about Sikhism to help dispel common stereotypes and misconceptions that are often at the root of bullying.
Social and Emotional Learning: Sikh students can feel marginalized or isolated when their religious identity is misunderstood or ignored. Educate yourself about Sikhism and integrate lessons and materials into your classroom to help all students deepen their understanding of and appreciation for the diverse identities that make up your school community.
Include Sikh Stories: The representation of minorities in the media and in classroom materials affects both how minorities are perceived and how minority students see themselves. Add books with Sikh characters to your classroom library and include examples of everyday and famous Sikhs alongside other individuals in your curriculum.
Advocate for Religious Liberty: The First Amendment protects Sikh students’ right to wear their articles of faith, such as the turban or kirpan, at school and during athletic activities. Make sure all students, teachers, and staff are familiar with First Amendment principles and understand their responsibility to protect the religious freedom rights for students from all faith traditions.
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