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What White People Can Do About Racism

How to act against racism from a position of
unearned (and unwanted) racial privilege

215: Raising Anti-Racist White Children




This workshop is intended for parents, educators, caregivers and all others with a concern for raising anti-racist white children.

Goals and expectations

  • Inspire and empower adults to be effective anti-racists who model and teach anti-racism
  • Educate participants about children's grasp of race & racism
  • Provide information, tools, analysis, strategies, language and resources
  • Counter the present culture of colorblindness with more effective strategies
  • Nurture a positive white racial identity in children
  • Boost participants' confidence in teaching children anti-racism
  • Give adults preliminary tools to raise white children who have an aware and healthy racial identity and the potential to join the next generation of anti-racist organizers and healers

The workshop is appropriate for white people who are open to learning what to do about racism. The workshop is also appropriate for people of color who want to support white people to take action against racism.


A 5.5-hour workshop offered on a single day with a morning session, a lunch break, and an afternoon session. The workshop uses didactic presentation, small group discussion, large group discussion, and a slide show presentation. Handouts are made available to participants.


The workshop touches on several topics, including

• awareness of white culture

• how children learn racism and at what age

• how and when to talk with children about race and racism

• media literacy for children

• strategies for supporting children as they encounter racism in everyday life

• helping children develop a positive anti-racist white identity

• meeting challenges and obstacles


Cost: $125 per participant. Sliding scale and student discount available. The registration fee covers all materials and lunch.


For more information, contact:

Robin Alpern, robin.alpern (at)

Jeff Hitchcock, contact (at)


Thoughtful group, very well facilitated. I felt committed, but now I have the tools to do so. I feel empowered.

Lila Barchetto

Phenomenal work. This concept [nurturing a positive racial identity in white children] was exactly the next step I've been looking for. Thank you for positively encouraging us to confront and accept our own whiteness.

Jen Rutner

Very helpful to have developmental spectrum of children learning racism.

Rachel Brown

Sharing and guided discussion was evenly balanced.

Susan Doyle

Articles were very helpful.

Laura Bilodeau

It's good to have the support, energy and ideas of others. I'm re-committed!

Helanna Bratman

I feel encouraged to be brave and vigilant about having conversation with kids, and embrace teachable moments.


This workshop solidified my desires to be teaching youth about power + privilege (and anti-racism!)


Great book lists! I will be implementing strategies discussed right away. I will be a better educator thanks to this workshop.


Helped me reflect more on “hidden” ways I was exposed to racism as a child.


Very informative about how kids are affected by and internalize racism.