Workshop: Talking Race/Racism with Children
We often avoid talking about race with our young children but, whether we like it or not, children notice similarities and differences between people. When we are silent, they are left to draw their own conclusions about what “different” means. Without coaching or support, their conclusions often reflect and reinforce biases. Fortunately – when we are intentional – we can impact the ways that our children see, categorize, and make meaning about race.
If you already use race conscious talk with young children on a regular basis, you may want to consider an individual consultation…though this workshop may offer additional strategies to more experienced race conscious practitioners. This workshop is geared towards White people but all are welcome to participate–and strategies may be helpful for all.
In this 1.5 hour-long workshop/webinar, you will:
- Develop confidence to talk about race with young children.
- Practice various strategies to proactively talk about race with young children.
- Strengthen children’s ability to become a change-maker.
Pre-workshop readings and instructions for logging on will be sent out (to the email participants used to register on Paypal) one week prior to the webinar.
Testimonial from past participant:
Raising Race Conscious Children presented at our school last night and parents here are talking about all the rich and thoughtful material shared. The workshop was thorough, organized –an engaging and rewarding blend of information and “turn and talk” interaction. The delivery was warm, friendly and also passionate, exhibiting a clear investment and commitment to this work. By the time it was over parents felt enlightened, supported, and eager to learn more about this important subject matter.
Sachi Feris is a blogger and workshop facilitator at Raising Race Conscious Children, an online resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. She has also taught Spanish to elementary school students in NYC for twenty years. Sachi identifies as White and is a mother to her three children, born in 2012, 2015, and 2017.