I Don’t See Color and Other Harmful Statements

Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Contact: Janet Olsen, olsenj@msu.edu or Karen Pace, pace1@msu.edu.

Webinar link: Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.

Cost: $10.00 (There is an additional $5.00 cost for those wishing to receive 1.0 Social Work Continuing Education Hours (pending approval by the Michigan Social Work Collaborative))

Registration deadline: Oct. 19, 2014

Webinar description: An important part of healthy youth development is understanding multiple aspects of one’s identity—including those connected to issues of race. Recent research shows that too often adults in the lives of kids deny and ignore racial slurs and tensions because they are scared or lack the skills to intervene. This webinar discusses barriers that get in the way of our conversations about race and presents suggestions for engaging in “race talk” based on building community, engaging in deep personal reflection, dialoguing across differences and taking action for social justice. The webinar will feature Shayla R. Griffin, Ph.D. drawing from her research and forthcoming book titled Those Kids, Our Schools.

Webinar participants will also learn about the Michigan State University Extension Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environment initiative, which provides a variety of educational resources to help communities reduce and prevent bullying behaviors while promoting healthy social and emotional learning and development.

Learning objectives:
  •  Understand how a “color blind” mindset is destructive to healthy development and relationships
  • Learn strategies that will help prepare you to engage in personal reflection and dialogue leading to personal, organizational and community change
  • Explore resources for working with young people to create settings that are safe, affirming and fair

Audience: Teachers, administrators, social workers, youth workers and others who work with youth

Webinar resource people:

Shayla R. Griffin, Ph.D., M.S.W., received her Ph.D. from the joint program in Social Work and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Shayla’s work focuses on race, class, intergroup dialogue, and student/teacher relationships in K-12 schools. Shayla has extensive experience in dialogue facilitation, diversity training, and social justice education. She has worked with high school students, college students, and hundreds of K-12 teachers around issues of race, class, gender, & sexual orientation. Currently she is the Diversity and School Culture Consultant for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and director of Creating Culturally Proficient Communities, a five-year initiative to improve racial and economic justice in Ypsilanti Community Schools. In addition, she consults with a number of other districts and non-profit organizations on issues of social justice through her consulting firm The People’s Dialogue Project. Shayla’s forthcoming book, Those Kids, Our Schools: Race Relations in an Integrated American High School (Harvard Education Press), is a three year ethnographic study of how students, teachers, and administrators navigated issues of race in an integrated, Midwestern school. Shayla resides in Detroit, MI.

Janet Olsen, program leader, and Karen Pace, senior program leader, work in the area of social and emotional health with Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition programs. They are the co-authors of the Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments core curriculum.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/bullying.

Visit the “I Don’t See Color” and Other Harmful Statements Registration Page for more information.

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