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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources for Families

July 09, 2020

Guides to Talking with your children about Racial Injustices and Social Inequities:

There's no such thing as "quick tips" or foolproof advice when it comes to discussing the complexities of race. But there are better ways to go about it and each parent/caregiver will have to decide for themselves what makes the most sense for them and their family (Parent Toolkit). However, do remember to remind children of your family values, allot time for expression of emotions, revisit facts, and seek professional assistance when needed.

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child To Advance Racial Justice | Raising a Race Conscious Child
This list models language that has actually been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class).

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice | Teaching Tolerance
Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend's skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help you teach your children to honor the differences in themselves and in others - and to reject prejudice and intolerance.

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? | USA Today
This article explores why it is important to talk with children about what happened to George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality and racism in the news.

Talking with Your Children about Islamophobia and Hate-Based Violence
Discusses Islamophobia and hate-based violence against Muslims with children. This fact sheet highlights, for parents and caregivers, strategies that can be used to facilitate effective conversations, age-specific guidelines, and actions families and communities can take before an event occurs. The strategies can be adapted to talk with children of other cultures about hate-based violence.

Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events
Provides parents and family members with the tools they need to engage their families in conversations about important news stories and other timely discussions about societal events. Each guide includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas for taking action and additional resources

Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids
Compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education to support children.



What the Covid-19 Crisis Tells Us About Structural Racism | Talking Race With Kids
Recorded, April 16th


Stock Your Library with Equitable and Inclusive Children's and Young Adult's Titles

Beyond the educational benefits, books have the power to instill empathy, affirm, teach, transport and inspire action. Books matter (ADL, 2015)

Lee & Low Books

We Need Diverse Books

Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project

Books for Raising Race Conscious Children

Updated Look at Diversity in Children's Books

20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good


Adult Support

Talking about race, racism, prejudices, and trauma does not come easy for anyone. Utilize these resources for learning about how to talk to your children:

Community Violence

Anti-Racism Resources

Terrorism and Violence

Bias and Stigma Related to COVID-19

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

Model Minority Myth

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