Developing a Shared Language to Engage in Discourse on Race and Racism

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August 26, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE
Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE

Please note: This webinar includes a one-hour break and assignment between noon and 1 p.m. CT.

Despite the fact that talking about race and racism are often taboo subjects in our society, many people are uncomfortable engaging in these conversations because they do not feel they have the correct language or are afraid they will say something wrong. In order to achieve racial equity, we have to lean into the discomfort and get comfortable engaging in hard conversations around race and racism.

This session is designed to give people the language to confidently engage in courageous conversations about race and racism. This session will include a thorough understanding of terms and developing a shared language to effectively engage in the discourse on race and racism. It will be an interactive session where the presenter will first share information with the group, have attendees evaluate their own views using a self-guided tool during lunch, and return for further discussion.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define key racial equity terms including implicit bias, privilege, internalized oppression, and internalized dominance
  • Differentiate between the four levels of racism
  • Discuss why a colorblind ideology is counterproductive to racial equity
  • Apply principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into practical settings

Schedule of Webinar:

  • 11 a.m.–Noon CT: 1 hour presentation
  • Noon–1 p.m. CT:  1 hour break and assignment
  • 1–2 p.m. CT: Interaction and discussion

Approved for 2.0 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.

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About the Presenter

For 17 years, Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE, has been a devoted advocate, providing coordinated and comprehensive early childhood and family support services to improve educational and health outcomes for children and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 2015, Dr. Mead has worked at the state level promoting racial equity in early childhood by providing training on diversity, inclusion, and equity, with a particular focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity, implicit racial bias, and culturally responsive instruction to the early childhood workforce in North Carolina.

Dr. Mead, a Certified Family Life Educator, holds a Doctorate of Education in Early Childhood from Concordia University Chicago. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Service Counseling also from Concordia and completed a second Master of Science degree in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests include racial inequities in early childhood, specifically suspensions and expulsions of children of color; implicit racial bias; sociocultural factors that shape family structures and processes; and culturally responsive family engagement. Dr. Mead is deeply committed to creating safe and brave spaces to talk about institutional racism and promote diversity and equity in early childhood.


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