Racial Socialization as Resistance to Racism, the Early Years

Register to join on June 22, 2021 @ 8:30 pm ET

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When families work to help their children understand race and racism, they are engaging in a process known as racial socialization. To understand how racial socialization can be used as a tool for anti-racism, there is much to learn from families who have been racially marginalized and the lessons they have taught their children.

Join us for a conversation in which we explore racial socialization as a vital form of parent and caregiver involvement and discuss strategies that resist and disrupt racism when socializing young children, ages 0 to 8. We’ll be speaking with Dalhia Lloyd, program specialist in family and community at the Buffett Early Child Institute. We’re also joined by two parents of young children, Keeley Bibins and Ben Heath, about their approaches to helping little ones understand race and racism and be actively anti-racist.

Dalhia Lloyd

Dalhia Lloyd has been dedicated to ensuring that early childhood systems and practices support young diverse learner's optimal development and learning for 20 years. She is the family and community program specialist for the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, where she provides coaching and support to school-based family facilitators. Her research interest includes racial socialization, implicit bias in early childhood, and sociocultural classroom interactions.
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Keeley Bibins

Keeley Bibins is a passionate advocate for children. Professionally, she is an educator that began her career as an Inclusion Pre-K teacher in a predominately African American, Title I school. Keeley is currently an Educational Facilitator for the Buffett Early Childhood Institute where she provides on-site support, through professional development and coaching, to elementary school leaders and teachers Pre-K though 3rd grade. She is the proud mother of three young black men aged 20 and 7 - two of the three young men being a set of bi-racial twins.
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Ben Heath

Ben Heath is the proud father of two Asian-White children, one of which has Autism. Raising biracial children has opened his eyes to the realities of racial struggle in today's world. He is passionate about advocating for fair treatment for members of all races and those with special needs. He is actively learning about the best way to explain race to his children as well as having open conversations with them about their race.
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