Family Employee Resource Group: How to Talk to your Kids About Race

Virtual - Zoom

Family Employee Resource Group: How to Talk to your Kids About Race


Event Description: 

Talking about race and racism can be intimidating and uncomfortable but talking openly about racism, bias, and differences is critical to raising anti-racist children and transforming systems of oppression. This session for parents and caregivers will address the following topics and allow time for discussion and Q&A.

The Family Employee Resource Group (ERG) is a place for Spartans to connect on family-related topics with the goal of connecting, building community and sharing best practices regarding raising or caregiving for children and caregivers.

The Family ERG meets on the second Tuesday from 12-1pm each month during the academic year in the form of educational Zoom webinars, interactive “Ask the Expert” format meetings, as well as in person family friendly programs and events (which are held on Saturdays). For questions, contact Rachel Perez at

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about social identities
  • Understand bias, racism, and anti-racism 
  • Why we should talk with kids about race 
  • How we should talk with kids about race 

About the Speakers: Vivian Washington, Educator | MSUE

Vivian Washington is an Educator in the Children and Youth Institute at Michigan State University Extension.  During her 18 years with MSU Extension, she has supported child and family development by providing education in the areas of parenting, childcare, small business development, financial capability, consumer protection, and housing.