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Talking with Children about Race, Skin Color & Culture

Thu., November 12th, 20208:00am – 9:30am

Featuring: Sarah Hardy, MEd, Generations Parenting Support (GPS)

Feeling called to discuss race, skin color and diversity with your children, but not sure where to start or how to proceed?  You are not alone.  The killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests in Minneapolis have overwhelmed hearts and minds (and inboxes) with despair and fright, ideas and urgency.  Overwhelm can turn to paralysis just when we want to speak and take action.  But what, and how?  Join Parent Educator, Sarah Hardy, in a supportive (virtual) place to gain understanding and skills for parenting this important topic and raising kids who uphold the dignity, equality, and value of all people especially those to whom it is being denied.

Parents/Caregivers will:

  • Discern values & norms we have, and want our children to have, about race, skin color, & culture.
  • Discuss environmental values & norms our children experience that may be contrary to our own about race, skin color & culture.
  • Clarify terms – why does skin color vary across humans? What is culture? What is race?  How are these terms related?
  • Gain specific ideas for how to talk about these topics with children and resolve for doing so.
  • Join a community of adults interesting in thinking and talking more about explicitly guiding children on this complex and challenging topic.

Class will meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday mornings – 8-9:30am on Thursdays November 5th, 12th, 19th, skip Nov. 26th, and Dec. 3rd.

Sarah Hardy has a BA from Stanford University and an MEd from the University of Minnesota.  She works as a Licensed Parent Educator supporting parents and caregivers of children ages 0-18.  She has had formal Race Equity Training as an employee of Edina Public Schools and has experience facilitating challenging conversations with parents and colleagues.   She lives in Edina with her husband and two daughters. 

Please contact Katy Michaletz by email if you have questions.

When: Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 8:00am

Cost: $35

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