Students of color have faced a myriad of challenges in 2020 stemming from the impacts of COVID-19, racial injustice, and the personal fear that either themselves or a loved one may be targeted because of their race. Improving school climate is a necessary component in any effort to improve racial equity. Race too often predicts outcomes such as disciplinary actions, feelings of student connectedness, and a student’s perceived level of support from adults in their school. Additional interventions, policies, and research to identify effective solutions to close the racial school climate gap between students of color and white students are necessary. This concept paper highlights the need for philanthropic and government investment to better understand the social-emotional needs of students of color.