Talking with Children &
Youth About Race

Date: Coming in 2020

How much do children really understand about race? How can you support a child’s developing cultural identity?


Recent research has shown that children have very complex understandings of differences and stereotypes. Far from being color-blind, most children are aware of how their own skin color is an advantage or disadvantage. They also judge their peers based on stereotypes that adults might like to believe they are unaware of. Because of this, it is important to give youth anti-bias messages, through actions and words, to actively counter what they are witnessing in the world. They also need to learn how to advocate for themselves and others.


In this workshop we will explore how young people in early childhood through their teen years are socialized to practice racism and privilege. You will learn strategies to teach youth how to stand up and confront bias they encounter. The facilitators draw from their diverse experiences to engage parents, teachers, and concerned community members in this vital work for equity.

Participants will…

  • Learn how young people see and understand race.

  • Discover ways to support healthy ethnic identity development in young people.

  • Practice strategies for talking with young people about countering bias.



Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. & Ilsa Govan, M.A.

Clock Hours & CEUs:
This workshop has been approved for the following:

  • 6 STARS Credits available for Early Childhood and School Age practitioners.

  • 6 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our Provider number is #1975-369

  • 6 Clock Hours available for Washington State Certificated Teachers via Puget Sound ESD.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible in our workshops,
we limit group registration to 5 per organization.


If you would like to inquire about a private training for your organization,
please complete the Contact Us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

What People Are Saying...

“The best on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion I have attended. Both of you are gifted presenters, engaging and articulate speakers, facilitate rich thinking and participation from the group.”

–Lisa Ellenberg, Catlin Gabel School

“This workshop is a valuable and necessary experience for all people who work with children and youth with the intention of building a more just and equitable society.”

–Justin Almeida, University Unitarian Church

“An amazingly effective workshop on learning real techniques to talk with youth and people of all ages about race and racism. Techniques which can also be used to talk about sexism, heterosexism, classism, etc, too!”


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