Talking with Kids about Racial Injustice

TALKING with KIDS ABOUT RACIAL INJUSTICE

Practical Tips for Parents

Painful events in Minnesota during the past year have put race, racism and white privilege front and center for many families – for good reason. These topics can be hard to address, especially with young children. In this important discussion, a panel of experts discuss ways parents can confidently talk to kids about race and racial inequities and provide insight into how to raise children who are motivated to actively work against systemic racism.

To keep these important conversations going, we’ve put together some tips for raising empathetic, race-conscious children, as well as a list of recommended resources for talking with kids about race and racism. 

About the Panelists

Dr. Marietta Collins is an associate professor and director of behavioral medicine within the department of family medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is a published author who writes about providing quality mental health interventions for underserved populations. She co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, “Something Happened In Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice.” Her second co-authored book, “Something Happened In Our Park: Standing Together After Gun Violence,” is set to be released in April 2021.

Barb Fabre is the CEO of Indigenous Visioning, which strives to build community, promote citizenry and empower community through a cultural lens.

She has over 30 years’ experience as an advocate for tribal and early childhood issues that promote healthy child development for all children. Barb is an expert on the effects of trauma and high levels of stress in childhood.

Dianne Haulcy is senior vice president for family engagement at Think Small, an organization that provides services, resources and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota.

She has nearly 30 years’ experience working in the human services and early childhood non-profit sectors. She has extensive experience directing childhood programs and other human services programs for families in need.

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Lingras is a licensed child-clinical psychologist specializing in early childhood mental health and social-emotional development in early and middle childhood, with particular emphasis on young children experiencing behavioral concerns or who have experienced traumatic events. In addition to outpatient treatment and assessment, her body of work is centered on community-based collaboration with pediatric primary care clinics and early childcare programs. Dr. Lingras is also an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

The discussion will be moderated by Bob Ingrassia, vice president of external relations at Minnesota Children’s Museum.

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