Health & Wellness Masthead
Special Edition, June 2016

In the wake of recent events, this special edition of our e-newsletter is to address the Orlando shooting and ensure that you are aware of resources available. 

While I struggle to process what has occurred, and the impact on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community and allies worldwide, I realize that many of you, our colleagues, and our students may be as well. Ben Barr, PhD, Executive Director at the Rainbow Community Center notes, "It is not unusual for LGBTQ people to feel anxiety, anger, or fear after attacks such as these."

As staff and students return to campus for summer school and in the fall, we have the opportunity to acknowledge what happened and support those in our community who are in need of additional resources. 

There are a number of resources available, as well as relevant professional development opportunities, including: 
  • Rainbow Community Center (RCC) is offering free drop-in counseling and support through June 24, 2016. Hours are weekdays from 1-4 p.m. in Concord. Support is also available at their Richmond and Pittsburg locations by appointment. Visit their website for more information.
  • GLSEN has released a letter to educators, that provides important information regarding crisis response and national resources. I was alerted to this resource via WestEd's School Climate Connection newsletter
  • The Contra Costa Inclusive Schools Coalition meets the first Tuesday of each month from 4-5:30 p.m. at RCC in Concord. All are welcome. Find out more...
  • Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit (Flyer) - September 10, 2016 at Olympic High School in Concord. Participate in dialogue around creating safe and supportive schools, families, and communities for LGBTQ youth.
  • Northern California Safe & Healthy Schools Conference - November 3-4, 2016 at UC Berkeley. Workshop sessions on a variety of topics, including LGBTQ, trauma-informed practices, etc.
  • LGBTQ-Inclusive Classrooms Training - March 3, 2017 at the Contra Costa County Office of Education. Increase understanding and skills to create safer, more inclusive, instructional and school-wide environments. 
I am happy to further discuss the ways that we can continue to create and maintain safe environments for all students, and especially those who are members of our most marginalized communities. I can be reached by phone at (925) 942-5328 or by e-mail. (Please note that I will be out of the office June 16-27.) 
Lastly, please remember to take care of yourself, as you take care of others during this difficult time. 

Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education

Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, M.A., Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
Upcoming Meetings & Events

Contra Costa County Inclusive Schools Coalition
Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month
4:00-5:30 p.m. 
Rainbow Community Center, Concord

Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit
Saturday, September 10
Contra Costa County

Safe & Healthy Schools Conference
November 3-4, 2016
UC Berkeley
LGBTQ-Inclusive Classrooms Training
Friday, March 3, 2017
CCCOE Board Room

Questions about an upcoming meeting or event? Contact Emily for more information. 

 Useful Resources

California policies that protect LGBTQ students Fact Sheet (pdf) 

Contra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources
 Articles of Interest

Three ways to turn schools into safe learning environments for LGBTQ students in a post-Orlando America

10 ways to talk to students about sensitive issues in the news

Teaching and learning resources -- the attack in Orlando: the worst mass shooting in U.S. history

How to talk to your kids about the Orlando shooting (for parents, suggestions by age group)