SOMA Community Coalition on Race Hosts ‘Talking to Children about Racism: Breaking the Cycle’

As communities face the realities of racism heightened by COVID-19 and by repeated acts of racial violence across the nation, many parents are uncertain about “what” and “how” to talk about these issues with younger family members.

The Community Coalition on Race has enlisted Dr. Diane Hughes, Ph.D. in Applied Psychology at NYU, to share helpful information during a free, virtual presentation next Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 pm.

“It’s scary talking about race. It makes people uncomfortable. Believe me, we get that,” says Audrey Rowe, the Community Coalition on Race’s program director. “We’ve found that when people address their discomfort in the right environment, it almost always empowers them to grow and to take action.”

Dr. Diane Hughes will help families find answers to these and other questions through a virtual presentation offering practical strategies for how families can talk about racism. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with registered participants. Dr. Hughes has conducted research on racial dynamics in families, classrooms, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods, and on how these dynamics shape early adolescents’ development. She has also written extensively about how children learn race and how parents and other adults teach it.

Talking to Children about Racism: Breaking the Cycle
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7 pm
VIRTUAL via Zoom
FREE and open to the public, but you must RSVP to attend

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