Welcome to the
Office of Culturally and Linguistically
We honor the innocent lives lost on May 14th, 2022.
Celestine Chaney, 65
Roberta A. Drury, 32
Andre Mackneil, 53
Katherine Massey, 72
Margus D. Morrison, 52
Heyward Patterson, 67
Aaron Salter Jr., 55
Geraldine Talley, 62
Ruth Whitfield, 86
Pearl Young, 77
The Buffalo Public Schools Scholars of CLRI Programs Present
Honoring and Healing Through the Arts:
Our Response to Hate is Love
Scholar Performance and Food Drive
In memory of the victims lost and injured from the horrific mass shooting on May 14th, 2022, the Scholars of the Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives Programs of the Buffalo Public Schools will be hosting a community forum and food drive. This honoring and healing moment will feature performances from our scholars to honor our tremendous loss and begin the process of healing as a community. Although we will never forget the loved ones we have lost, we will forever stand together as a community to drown out hate with love. Our district community scholars from Buffalo Public Schools will rise with their voices to ensure that our future will be brighter.
The Scholar and Community Honoring and Healing food drive will take place on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
We will provide a space for collective healing and honoring while simultaneously, providing food, non-perishable food items, paper goods, and health and hygiene products to share with the community and families of our Jefferson Avenue and surrounding East Side community.The Office of CLRI has compiled a Healing & Resilience in the Days After packet of lessons and resources for educators to support educators in working with their scholars to mitigate the harmful effects of the racial trauma being experienced in the wake of the horrific tragedy recently experienced by our entire District Community. Teacher reflection resources for preparing to have these courageous and healing dialogues with our scholars who need this level of engagement and processing during this difficult time are also included.
In the Family & Community Resource Guide, you will find a plethora of resources that can help to mitigate the racial trauma that has been imposed upon our district community. We encourage you to use these resources as a platform for processing and identifying emotions and fostering hope, healing, and resilience after the traumatic event that has occurred.
Fifth grade scholars at Frank A. Sedita School #31, with the support of their teacher, Ms. Selena Borek, wrote and mailed letters to President Biden. Ms. Borek shared, "In response to the tragedy in Buffalo, my class wrote letters to President Biden asking him to fight racism in our community and suggested practices to do just that. [You will find their] writing inspirational and valuable as we all seek to understand and navigate the aftermath of the Buffalo shooting this past weekend. I just sent them to the White House this morning! We are hopeful for some kind of response from the administration."
"We Lift as We Climb." - Mary Church Terrell
It is our greatest joy to provide culturally relevant curriculum, resources, and experiences to the students in the Buffalo Public School District.
The vision of the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives (CLRI) is that all staff support schools in establishing a community that embraces, values, and infuses culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning for all students.
The mission of the Buffalo Public Schools’ Office of CLRI is to share the value and best practices of culturally and linguistically responsive practices in order to support and respond to the growing needs of our diverse student population. The Office of CLRI will provide supports, resources, exemplars, and a framework for stakeholders to receive lifelong meaningful learning experiences that inform, train, and support systemic culturally and linguistically responsive practices.
Fatima Morrell, Ed.D.
Office of Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Initiatives
Buffalo Public Schools
2008 City Hall
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: (716) 816-3584
Fax (716) 851-3746