Talking with Children and Youth about Race


Friday, May 17th

Syre Auditorium

8:30am Check-in and light breakfast  

9:00am-4:30pm Workshop                                                                                                       

How much do children really understand about race? How can you support a young person’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 learn and 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 children/youth see and understand race;
  • Learn ways to support a healthy ethnic identity development in children/youth;
  • Practice strategies for talking with children/youth about countering bias.

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

Clock Hours and STARS Credits
6 clock hours for educators available for $12
6 STARS Merit credits available

Download the REGISTRATION FORM and email it to

Cost: There are 5 free spots for students. If you want to be one of the five contact:

Laura Singletary, M.Ed.
Student Programs and Leadership Coordinator
Whatcom Community College
Tel: (360) 383-3005
Fax: (360) 383-3112



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