Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools (CCC4IS) is an affiliation of individuals and organizations which actively support the development of safe and affirming school communities. CCC41S strives to celebrate diversity, advocate for social justice, and transform educational cultures by empowering youth, families, professionals and organizations. I can assure you that CCC41S ‘ work is in alignment with Unitarian Universalist SLO’s principles as our work helps to ensure that all students are treated with respect and given an opportunity to thrive, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, gender identity or gender expression.
CCC41S was formed due to a lack of implementation of The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, passed in 2011. This law requires California public schools to provide Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful representations of our diverse ethnic and cultural population in the K-12 grade history and social studies curriculum, such as instruction in the study of the role and contributions of LGBT Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other cultural groups, to the development of California and the U.S. Often such laws are passed without “teeth” and without funding, as result progress has been slow.
Your generous contribution will be used first and foremost to support our organization’s work analyzing the California Healthy Kids Survey data. Every other year, 7th, 9th and 11th grade public school students take this survey. The first time students had an opportunity to self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender was in 2013. Since 2013, CCC41S has obtained the CHKS raw data and prepared detailed reports regarding bullying, assault, suicidality, substance abuse, etc. and comparing the experiences of LGBT students versus straight, cisgender students. These reports have provided the much-needed proof that LGBTQ+ students are at a much greater risk on our campuses and have opened doors to SLOCOE, school districts and county cooperation.
Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools website: https://www.centralcoastinclusiveschools.org/