Systematic Racism Must be Eliminated from the United States
By Laurie Combe, MN, NCSN, RN posted 7 days ago

Recent events have led to difficult conversations about race in this country. NASN’s position brief, “Eliminate Racism to Optimize Student Health and Learning,” aims to help you with these conversations in our school communities.

It is NASN’s position that systematic racism must be eliminated from the United States, and this elimination can begin with school systems, school staff, families and children.

Racism, a public health crisis, threatens the health, educational attainment, and well-being of children and adolescents. School systems hold a profound formative influence in the lives of students. Read the full position brief.

In addition, these resources may help you in those conversations as well:

Speak Up at School: How to Respond to Everyday Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes (Teaching Tolerance)

Unconscious Bias: An Educator’s Self Assessment (First Book Marketplace)

Talking to Children About Racial Bias (

COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

State Minority Health Contacts (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)