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    Community Conversations on Race is calling everyone in.  This adult education series aims to create a space where open, honest and brave discussions about race and racism help move us toward a more equitable and inclusive school structure and community. Through these conversations we hope to develop awareness about the barriers that can divide our school community and to create an environment where all families feel included. Engaging parents, teachers and staff in genuine relationship building and dialogue, these conversations add to the important work already happening to shift the school culture and climate to ensure a thriving educational environment for every student. Large events are held 2-3 times per school year where a professional diversity trainer leads a presentation and facilitates group discussions among parents, caregivers, teachers & staff. Childcare and entertainment are provided for children on-site and dinner is provided for all attending. Additional Courageous Conversation small group meetings such as book groups or sharing meals and discussions together may occur between all-school events.  Scroll down for suggested books on these important topics.  

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    The Next Steps series presents
    How to be an Anti-racist in Evanston

    Click HERE for more information including all of the dates of presentations and "learning" events. 

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    Mark your calendar for the first session
    LEARN
    October 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM 
    Nichols School Auditorium
    Child care and Spanish interpretation provided

    *reading the book is not required
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    LEARN - presentation and discussion on core concepts

    Learn and explore new ways of thinking about racism, antiracism, and what it means to be an antiracist with Dr. John Diamond, author of Despite the Best Intentions.
    Reading the book is not required for participation.
    Click here for more information.

     

    ACT - applying concepts to our local school communities

    Each LEARN session will be followed by ACT sessions where the LEARN session content can be further applied to individuals, families, and each school’s policies and practices in order to formulate individual and collective action items. 
    ACT sessions will be hosted at various schools. 
    Click here for more information.

     

    GROW - book discussions that dive deep into Kendi's ideas

    Grow your capacity to effect change by taking a deep dive into the book How to be an Antiracist. Join Evanstonians the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm starting November 5.
    Click here for more information.

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    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    January 28, 6:30-8:30 PM at Haven
    “My journey to being an antiracist first recognized the intersectionality of my ethnic racism, and then my bodily racism, and then my cultural racism, and then my color racism, and then my class racism, and when I entered graduate school, my gender racism and queer racism.”
     
    March 25, 6:30-8:30pm at Chute
    “Treating ignorance and hate and expecting racism to shrink suddenly seemed like treating a cancer patient’s symptoms and expecting the tumors to shrink….Educational and moral suasion is not only a failed strategy. It is a suicidal strategy.”
     

     

    FAN Website: 

    https://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

     

    Event Flier:

    https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/dfd0d0_d0214dab8cd344c7b00b3831b86d669b.pdf

      

     

    SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT STEP SERIES FOCUSING ON DR. KENDI'S NEW BOOK, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST 

    OCTOBER, 17, 2019 6:30-8:30PM AT NICHOLS

    JANUARY 28, 2020 6:30-8:30PM AT HAVEN

    MARCH 25, 2020 6:30-8:30PM AT KING ARTS

     

     

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    PLEASE JOIN COMMUNITY CONVRESATIONS ON RACE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR!  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT THE UPCOMING BBQ AT WILLARD!

     

     Community Conversations BBQ

     

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    Confronting Stereotypes: Psychologist finds that kids understand and engage with inequality issues.

    BY CLARE MILLIKEN

     

    Wonderful article regarding the importance of talking about race with our children.  Click on the title above to read.

    “Noticing race and racism is not bad. We want kids to notice when things aren’t fair or equal.” 

     

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    Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.

    Click on the link above to learn more about the development of racial and ethnic biases in children AND see how parents can help to educate and engage our own children through this process. 

     

     

    Children's Books and Conversation Starters

    For more resources on children’s books and conversation starter questions to talk with your children at home about connecting across difference, visit Willard’s anti-bias curriculum website: https://willardschoolantibias.weebly.com  and visit the “Books” and “More…” tabs for home/school connection questions.

    Adult Book List
    Are you new to talking about race or systemic racism? 

    Just Mercy

    - The New Jim Crow

    - Why Do all the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria?
     
    - So You Want to Talk about Race

    Want to dig more into Whiteness?
    - What Does It Mean To Be White?

    - White Awake
     
    - White Like Me
     
    - Waking Up White

    Needing a good history lesson?
    - Stamped From the Beginning 
    - White Rage
    - An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
    - Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

    - The Making of Asian America: A History

    - An African-American and Latinx History of the United States
     
    - The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority
     
    Want a book on the recent bestseller list?
    - Between the World and Me
    - Americahnah
    - Small Great Things
    - The Hate U Give
    - When They Call You a Terrorist
    - Born A Crime
     
    Oldies but Goodies
    - Ain't I A Woman
    - The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys
    - Invisible Man
    - The Miseducation of the Negro
     
    Happy Reading! 
     
    [Compiled by Nicole Brownlee]