“Raising White Kids” Breakfast with Jennifer Harvey

Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 am
South Room, Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Cost: $15
Registration required as space is limited.

Many of us want to be part of bringing up children who are able participants in a society becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world, but which remains full of racial injustice. Meanwhile there exist difficult conundrums when it comes to raising white children in a society like ours. Should we teach them to be “colorblind” or should we teach them to notice race? What roles do we want them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? How do we best do that? On top of it all, when we talk about race well we have to talk about the reality of white privilege and racial injustice. How do we teach about race honestly, then, without making our children feel bad about being white?

Important public discussion exists in regard to the impact of racism on children of color, but, deep understanding the impact of race on white children is lacking. Understanding and strategies for addressing these challenges when it comes to raising white children is important work for parents, teachers, grandparents, clergy. Most importantly raising antiracist white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children. So, whether you’ve been a white kid, are helping raise white kids, have relationships with people who used to be white kids, or have children in your life who are friends with white kids — the conversation is for everyone.

To register for this breakfast, please choose the “Jennifer Harvey breakfast” ticket in Eventbrite. Registration is required.

Thank you to the Office of Racial and Intercultural Justice, Presbyterian Mission Agency for sponsoring this breakfast to reduce the cost to you.

Jennifer Harvey, Ph.D., is a writer, speaker, and professor of religion and ethics at Drake University. Her work focuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. Dr. Harvey’s most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Dr. Harvey has also contributed to the New York Times and Huffington Post and is a widely sought after public speaker and workshop facilitator. She is also an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches (USA). Dr. Harvey is the closing keynoter for the National Gathering.