District wide Bias Incident Reporting System (BIRS)
Acalanes Union High School District, California
In the Acalanes School District’s AUHSD Bias Incident Reporting System (BIRS), an incident can be reported anonymously for “acts of racism, bias, sexism, microaggressions, homophobia, cyberbullying, discrimination, hate speech.” “Bias Incident Teams” recommend “appropriate actions that are both preventative and responsive … and keep records of incidences …”
These definitions apply about what is a reportable offense of bias:
Bias: An inclination or preference either for or against an individual or group …
Discrimination: The denial of justice and fair treatment by both individuals and institution in many arenas …
Equity: The notion of being fair and impartial. … “Equity” is often conflated with the term “Equality” which means sameness and assumes, incorrectly, that we all have had equal access, treatment, and outcomes. In fact, true equity implies that an individual may need to experience or receive something different (not equal) in order to maintain fairness and access.
Microaggressions: The everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults whether intentional or unintentional which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based on their membership in historically marginalized group membership
• Microassault: Overt discrimination.
• Microinsult: Comment that communicates the demographic group is not respected.
• Microinvalidation: Comment or action that dismisses the historically disadvantaged group members.
Privilege: A system of advantage based on social identity. It is the unearned social, financial, cultural, and psychological advantages that individuals receive based solely on their membership in a dominant identity group. These advantages confer social advantage over non-dominant groups, but about which its members are “meant” to remain oblivious. Akin to an invisible, weightless knapsack of special provisions readily available to dominant group members. (Not the same as “luck” because these advantages are not assigned by chance, but by identity).
Racism: Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized. Racism impacts every single one of us, whether we recognize it or not. It is in our news, exemplified by the overcriminalization of whole groups of people; in our entertainment, demonstrated by every stereotype and movie based on a story written by history’s winners. Its ideologies have been ingrained in our society, surrounding citizens on all sides. …
Bias Incident Reporting System