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Raising Anti-Racist Children; Strategies for Success, A Panel Discussion
Raising Anti-Racist Children; Strategies for Success, A Panel Discussion
Robert Gerardi
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Members of the Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA) have shared this information about an exciting workshop with me.  The workshop is free and open to all.  It will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Diamond Middle School Auditorium, 99 Hancock St., Lexington, MA.  

The moderator will be:

Reverend Liz Walker.  

She is an esteemed minister, communications specialist, and an activist who promotes cross cultural and interfaith dialogue. She is pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

The panelist include:

Celeste Freeman, LICSW, MPH

A Lexington Public School elementary school counselor since 1999, Celeste previously worked as a clinical social worker in Boston. She has facilitated staff trainings on bias, cultural competency, and gender identity and recently spearheaded a district-wide workshop on racial equity and restorative justice.

Katie O’Hare Gibson, M.Ed.

Katie has taught in the Lexington Public Schools since 2006 and in other school settings since 1994.  She has led workshops on how to answer young children's questions about identity, and helped adults to explore their own identity and implicit biases.

April Daciuk

April cofounded the Korean group KOLex to make a bridge to the town and schools; she runs Lexington Academy, a tutoring service; and works for a nonprofit assisting refugees and immigrants.  For 12 years she volunteered at her children’s elementary school.

María-Verónica A. Barnes, M.Econ.

A teacher with Lower Elementary Montessori Certification, María-Verónica has worked in the classroom for 14 years.  As the director of diversity education at Lexington Montessori School, she guides students in lessons and discussions geared to introducing young children to issues of bias, racism, and social justice.

This event is presented by Follen Church (Unitarian Universalist) with the support of First Parish in Bedford, Winchester Unitarian Society, First Parish UU of Arlington, Lexington Community Education, Lexington Montessori School, Temple Isaiah, Temple Emunah, and Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL).  Also the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL), Church of Our Redeemer, First Parish in Lexington, First Parish in Waltham, Japanese Support Group of Lexington (JPLex), Organization of Korean Americans in Lexington (KOLex),  Lexington Diversity Task Force, and the Lexington Catholic Community: Sacred Heart & St. Brigid Parishes. (as of October 1)