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How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

Join Sheila and Jeff as they discuss their newest book!

This webinar will teach parents, caregivers, and educators evidence-based methods to discuss developmentally appropriate ways to engage children in conversations about race and racism. It will also review cognitive developmental stages that a child is in throughout the years and how they are able to understand and process race/racism, as well as racial socialization as an effective buffer in moderating the negative impact of discrimination.

Call to Action:

  1. Before you have a conversation about race/racism with your child, take a moment to check in with yourself and clarify what you want your child to take away from this conversation.
  2. Read diverse children’s books with your child. Books can be an excellent entry to discussing these topics as children readily relate to characters in the books. Click here to read more about The Proudest Color.
  3. Be genuine and model respect. Children are learning how to treat others by watching their parents and caregivers.
  4. Model healthy expressions of emotions as it is normal to feel sad, angry, or frustrated after experiencing, witnessing, or learning about discrimination. As adults, we can model healthy emotion regulation to our children by demonstrating coping skills such as deep breathing, taking a break, accessing our social support, or writing about our feelings.
  5. Increase awareness of the people of color who play an important role in children’s personal lives and their world. Parents, caregivers, and educators can include children in learning more about people from their cultural or racial background, or include more works from people of color, as well as their names and images, in the home and classroom.
  6. For more resources on how to have these conversations or get involved in promoting racial justice, visit our website at www.theproudestcolor.com

Tuesday, October 5th @ 1pm PT

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About our webinar panelists...

Sheila Modir, PhD
& Jeff Kashou, LMFT

As Middle Eastern Americans (Iranian and Palestinian) and as clinicians,  Dr. Sheila Modir and Jeff advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion and work toward building resilience in children.  Dr. Modir is a pediatric psychologist at a children’s hospital. She obtained a combined doctoral degree in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her master’s degree in social welfare at UCLA. Dr. Modir has presented at conferences, spoken on podcasts, and published articles on the impact of racial trauma on mental health and risk and resilience factors. Jeff is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a manager of clinical product and service design for a mental health tech company. He has his master’s in clinical psychology from Pepperdine and was previously on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Together they have advocated at the state and federal level for better mental health care policies, in addition to doing international work at a Red Cross refugee asylum in Belgium. They also consult on film and television productions, including for Disney and Freeform, to ensure that mental health is portrayed responsibly, and have been judges for the annual Sentinel Awards. They are happily married, living in sunny Southern California, and enjoy spending weekends perfecting the recipe for chocolate chip cookies and finding fun places to hike. 

Ashley Marie Mireles

Moderator

Ashley Marie Mireles is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Familius Publishing working to help families be happy. Ashley believes that happy home lives can lead to a happier world and hopes that the books she writes, helps create, and sells, will bring families to a happier place in their lives. She has authored several children’s books with Familius and hopes to continue creating more. Her collaborative sales efforts have helped Familius become one of the fastest growing independent publishers for four years in a row.

Ashley currently serves on the Independent Book Publishers Association Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair of the IBPA’s DEI Committee. She hopes to help create a publishing industry that is inviting, inclusive, and accessible for all through her work with the IBPA.

She currently lives in Fresno, CA, with her partner and two rescue pups.

Join Sheila and Jeff!

Join our webinar panelists to learn how to talk to kids about race and how to use racial socialization as an effective buffer in moderating the negative impacts of discrimination. 

Register now to join us live, Monday, December 21, at 11AM PT

Tuesday, October 5th
@ 1PM PT

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