In this self-paced online course with lifetime access, you’ll learn how to:
By intentionally engaging in anti-racist dialogue with your kids, you will equip your kids early-on to face the issues of race and racism with humility and without fear.
The Course Includes:
9 Core Modules, Plus 2 Bonus Modules
Grow in your own understanding of privilege and bias, and learn skills and tools for teaching anti-racist values to your kids.
Readings and Exercises
Deepen and personalize that you've learned through written course materials and reflective journaling / discussion prompts.
Visual aids, resource lists, and talking prompts offer context and practical guidance.
Coaching Session with a Course Leader
An optional one-on-one coaching session with a Course Leader helping you create a plan or navigate challenges that come up.
Email Support from the Course Leaders
You can also reach out to the Course Leaders via email or messaging if you have questions or need help at any time.
From the Course Leaders:
Anti-racism work for white people is very specific: Responsibly educate themselves, remove the burden from people of color of educating more privileged people about racism, and seek out other ways to support, listen, and elevate the work of people of color.
White parents and caregivers often feel at a loss of how to incorporate that work with their children and it is not, historically, a burden white people have taken upon themselves. Whiteness has afforded the ability to avoid difficult conversations about race with white kids.
It's no wonder that white people feel confused about:
Just as skill-building in other important areas takes practice, learning how to have anti-racist conversations with kids of all ages takes practice, too. And anyone who is motivated to tackle their own whiteness and systemic racism can learn to do it.
That's why we've developed the course, “Parenting for Anti-Racism” - to help you as a parent or caregiver gain the confidence to engage in some of the most important conversations you can have with your kids.
In this course, we draw on our personal experience of teaching anti-racist values to our own children and children that we are close to.
These experiences have been put together in an accessible, self-paced online course so that you can learn how to start having conversations (or grow the conversations you're already having) with your kids about anti-racism.
What If Instead Of...
"Kathi's Guide to Raising Anti-Racist White Kids as a White Parent encouraged me in the small steps I have already taken and challenged me to take more.
It takes intentionality over the long haul to instill these values. Having tools, accountability, and reinforcement through a course are just what I need!"
Module 1 – Starting with You
Each parent's experience of teaching racial justice to their kids will be slightly different because we're all at different stages in our own exploration of our own privilege, and our own anti-racism efforts.
In this module, you'll be honest about where you are in your own journey and discover areas of growth by:
Module 2 – Lead by Example
Kids ingest the culture around them. The majority of our kids' values and norms will (at least initially) come from their families. What we say around the dinner table matters. What we are silent about matters, too. Beyond the individual level of assessing our own racism and privilege, it's important to understand the history and violence to whiteness, itself.
In this module, you'll identify opportunities to bring kids into anti-racist conversation by:
Module 3 – On Age-Appropriateness
An in-depth analysis of the school-to-prison pipeline is, obviously, not age-appropriate for preschoolers. At the same time, getting stuck on trite King quotes once a year on MLK Day is equally not age-appropriate for older children. So, what is the balance? What are some concrete age-appropriate examples?
In this module, you'll learn how to unpack race and racism with different age groups by:
Module 4 – Making Sure Kids Aren't Isolated
Kids whose entire lived experience – in school, at home, in their neighborhood, place of worship, the store – are completely insulated and surrounded by people who look like them, will not be equipped with an understanding of other people outside of what they are told / what they see in movies and on TV. This is how internal biases are built and maintained.
In this module, you'll unearth the importance of breaking kids out of a white bubble by:
Module 5 – Talk Openly About Privilege and Disparities
Eliminating tough conversations about race is something that is only afforded to the privileged. As we think about these conversations, we should absolutely challenge ourselves when we feel uncomfortable and consider the kinds of conversations parents of color don't have a choice about having with their own small children about racial disparities and tools for survival.
In this module, you'll learn how to talk to your kid(s) about privilege and disparities by:
Module 6 - Help Kids See How Racism Affects People in Their Community
Kids need to see and understand how these issues are affecting people in real life. Rallies and race-based justice events in your community are a great way for kids to learn from folks, first-hand, how these disparities exist and what they look like.
In this module, you'll help your kids understand how issues affect people in real life by:
Module 7 - Help Kids Recognize and Deconstruct Historical Accounts That Aren't Accurate
It's no secret that our children's social studies and history lessons are white-washed, and so are the everyday accounts in the media and in conversations. That means, as parents, it's up to us to be vigilant about deconstructing some of those lessons with our children.
In this module, you'll unpack some common distortions that are presented to your kid(s) by:
Module 8 - Help Kids Learn Not to be Complicit in Subtle Racism Among Peers
Racism can be the source of "edgy" playground jokes or Thanksgiving Day political commentary parroted by cousins. What do kids consider "normal" in terms of racial dialogue among their peers and how can kids be encouraged to recognize it and not be complicit?
In this module, you'll help your kids stand up to racism by:
Module 9 - Be a Parent Your Kids Can Talk to About Race
Like other big conversations, discussions about race and racism should not be a one-time awkward conversation. These issues require continual dialogue. And because they are so sensitive, trust is a big element in whether your kid is going to feel comfortable engaging in these discussions with you.
In this module, you'll prove to be an adult your kid can trust with sensitive conversations like race by:
Module 10 - Help Them Take Action When They Are Ready
Kids who have activist parents are more likely to be socially and politically motivated and involved, themselves. Parents should be ready to notice signs that their kids are ready and offer opportunities for them to engage.
In this module, you'll find ways to incorporate your kids in your own justice-based work by:
Module 11 - Make Mistakes, Then Talk About Them
Everyone makes mistakes. What we do with those mistakes – how we handle and respond to them - is what matters and what holds the potential for us to grow in our activism and as accomplices.
In this module, you'll be open about your mistakes by:
Still Not Sure the Course is Right for You?
We really want to make sure that this course is working for you.
If you find that it’s not for any reason, you can get a full refund anytime within the first 30 days of the course just by letting us know. So there’s no risk to enrolling now and getting the support you deserve!
Kathi Valeii is a freelance writer, activist, and contributing writer for Resist Media, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Everyday Feminism, and The Establishment, among others. Kathi's writing often centers around the intersection of social justice and parenting. Her activism and writing began as an exploration of full spectrum reproductive justice issues after she experienced abuse during the pregnancy and birth of her first child. Her work evolved to include other justice issues as she continued to learn how race, class, gender, sexual orientation, (and other "isms") intersect with reproductive issues and parenting. As a white parent to three white kids, one of her top parental priorities is to teach her kids anti-racist and anti-sexist values. In her free time Kathi loves to camp, play in the woods, and treasure hunt at garage sales.
When does the course start and finish?
The course is instantly available as soon as you sign-up. It is self-paced, so you decide when you start and when you finish. Each week you'll get access to a new lesson, giving you time to work with the readings and exercises before moving onto the next lesson.
How will I access everything?
After signing up, you will receive an email with directions on how to access your course. From within the course intranet, you will be able to do everything – from accessing the course lessons to contacting the teacher to leaving questions or comments. Your access never expires to the course so you can come back whenever you need support.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I can't afford the full course price?
We're committed to making Social Justice U courses accessible for those with less income and wealth.
Here are some options if you can't afford the full course cost:
I’ve taken another Social Justice U course. Do I get a repeat customer discount?
Yes! We do give a 15% repeat customer discount as our thank you! If you’ve enrolled in one of other online courses and are enrolling in a new one, please let us know via the Contact Us form. We’ll email you back to confirm that we’re refunding you 15% of the course fee.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We have a no-questions-asked 30 day guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund!
Is the course accessible for people with a hearing impairment?
Yes, it is – the entire course is text-based.