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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop – Talking to Kids About Race

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 24th at UCDS.

  • 4:30-6:00pm Educator session open to the public
  • 6:30-8:00pm UCDS community session

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.

Richard Kim from Cultures Connecting will lead us as we 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. Richard will draw from 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.

Courses & Workshops 2Richard D. Kim, M.Div.

Richard D. Kim brings over seven years of professional experience engaging a person-centered approach to engaging race, culture and identity in various non-profit and education settings. Most recently, Richard worked as the Intercultural Credibility Coordinator/Consultant at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where he also received his M.Div. Richard also holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota. As a person born in the United States to parents who emigrated from South Korea, Richard brings an uncommon voice to the work of racial equity.