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Remembering George Floyd: How to talk to young children about racialized trauma and healing

Tuesday, May 17
Show | 12pm

In this panel discussion hosted by Early Risers podcast host Dianne Haulcy, early childhood educators, parents and mental health practitioners share insights on helping young children to understand and heal from racialized trauma past and present.

As we approach the second anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic murder and the global racial reckoning it sparked, it’s a timely moment to reflect on how these events have impacted our young children, including their mental health and wellbeing. How can parents and caregivers talk to young children about historical and ongoing racism while also fostering their resilience and helping them to heal?

In Minneapolis, George Floyd Square emerged as a creative memorial and gathering space for healing. What should parents and caregivers consider when bringing young children to spaces that call on us to reckon with our country’s legacy of racial violence, discrimination, and exclusion?

As a parent or caregiver, maybe you’re wondering how to approach these subjects or want guidance on how to sustain the conversation you’ve already started. In this live virtual panel discussion, early childhood experts, parents and mental health practitioners share their insights and personal stories and answer your questions about how you can begin and sustain age-appropriate conversations with young children about these issues.

Dianne Haulcy
Known for her leadership and vast experience in the field of early childhood development and education, Dianne Haulcy serves as Senior Vice President of Family Engagement at Think Small, an organization which provides services, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota.  Following the killing of George Floyd, Dianne wrote a blogpost in which she called on colleagues in the early childhood field to wake up to the reality of racism and implicit bias in how we’re raising and teaching our children. The seed for Early Risers was planted – a podcast about racial equity in early childhood, and hope that we can raise a generation who will bring a new dawn of racial equity for the future.
Brandon Jones
Executive Director, Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH)
Brandon Jones is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. In addition, he has a consulting and training background in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose.

Rebecca Nathan
Owner of Aviellah Curriculum and Consulting

Rebecca Nathan has been sharing learning with caregivers in community for over fifteen years and is the owner of Aviellah Curriculum and Consulting, an equity focused firm that supports others in cultural competency and advancing equitable outcomes.  She believes that up-to-date research and learning about children, families, and communities most belongs to the people in community who are raising the next generation.  Rebecca currently leads the Bulbinella project with Family Friend and Neighbor providers caring for Black children.  The pilot project, which is set to expand over the next two years, is supported by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and shares a child development curriculum designed to align with developmental needs of children facing realities informed by Anti-Blackness and marginalization.

Melanie A. Adams
Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Melanie A. Adams, PhD, currently serves as the Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.  Before joining the Smithsonian, Dr. Adams served as the Deputy Director for Learning Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society overseeing the state’s 26 historic sites.  Prior to Minnesota, she spent twelve years at the Missouri Historical Society as the Managing Director for Community Education and Events.  Dr. Adams is an active member of the museum community and served on the board of the American Association for State and Local History and is a former president of the Association of Midwest Museum.