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I Love Me! Positive Self-Identity in Young BIPOC Children

One of the questions we most often hear at EmbraceRace is how can we - as parents, family members, and educators - best support the development of positive self-identity in young Black and Indigenous children and all children of color? What everyday actions can we take, what routine conversations can we have, to help BIPOC children learn to love all parts of themselves and engage the world as brave, strong, and resilient people confident in their racial identities?

We're delighted to be joined by pediatric psychologist Sadiqa Cash (a "Scholar, Connector, and Doer for Black Lives") and by former state Head Start administrator and "Head Start dad" Jonathan Gonzales for their well-informed takes on these questions. As always, we take your questions and comments.

The transcript to this conversation and related links will be posted here within the week.

Dr. Sadiqa Cash

Dr. Sadiqa Cash is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. In her clinical role, she conducts diagnostic evaluations for children and adolescents with concerns for Autism and other developmental disabilities at the Texas Children’s Hospital Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics & Autism. Dr. Cash also facilitates diversity trainings for improving cultural competence in professional care providers and trainees and is an active member in Texas Children’s Hospital Psychology Division’s Collaborative on Racial Equity and Inclusion for Black Youth.
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Jonathon Gonzales

Jonathon is currently the State Family Program Director with the Arizona Army National Guard where he oversees the Family Readiness Support Assistant, Family Assistance Center, Work for Warriors, and Child and Youth teams. Formerly, Jonathon worked as the State Director of the Arizona Head Start Association (AHSA) to strengthen member agencies and partners who enhance the lives of young children and families by serving as the unified voice of the diverse Head Start/Early Head Start community through advocacy, collaboration and education. A former Head Start parent, Jonathon is married with 3 children ages 25, 23, and 18.
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