Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
in the Redwood Day Gymnasium

Limited childcare is available for school-age children with registration


Redwood Day
Middle School Gymnasium
3245 Sheffield Ave.
Oakland, CA 94602


Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Meredith Spencer, Director of Equity & Inclusion
Redwood Day
For more information about Redwood Day, please click HERE.

About the evening: Creating space to speak honestly about race and racism is essential to building a more equitable, just, and inclusive school. Redwood Day invites you to join us for an interactive workshop, which will set the groundwork for engaging in conversations about race and racism with children and adults.

Adults will also meet in race-based affinity groups to explore the barriers to and opportunities for discussing race and racism and practice having honest conversations. Come build community, share experiences, and learn how to be an anti-racist ally.

Attendees will:

  • Learn how to talk about race with children and build a more inclusive community
  • Gain practical tools to manage strong emotions and move beyond good intentions
  • Strengthen communication and ally skills
  • Hone the ability to continue classroom conversations about race at home 
  • Participate in our first race-based parent affinity groups
  • Reconvene for a share out and commit to next steps

Light refreshments will be served. Registration closes on Tuesday, January 8.

Facilitators wish to address the specific needs of Redwood Day community members. Please take a moment to complete this brief, anonymous survey once your register: Talking About Race Parent Survey 

About the facilitators: 

Noah ChoSerian Strauss
Over the past 20 years, Serian has honed her facilitation skills in multiple settings with a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and team building. She has a unique approach for creating safe and playful learning spaces where challenging conversations can happen. As a Coach and Facilitator she has supported foundations, companies, nonprofits and government organizations create sustainable culture shifts towards connection, equity and overall joy. She is a former Elementary School teacher, with a Masters in Education from UC Berkeley. When she is not brainstorming new curriculum ideas, she trains as a Martial Artist, gardens, and tries new recipes.

Adam Hoeltzel Adhamh Roland Hoeltzel 
Adhamh brings 15 years of social justice facilitation experience focused on compassionately addressing the collective wounds that affect how we treat ourselves and one another. He has engaged groups of children, youth and adults nationwide in embodied, fun, creative and self-reflective workshops that foster belonging, healing, and more liberated ways of being. Drawing on training in group dynamics, counter-oppressive pedagogies, brain-based learning and a love of music, story, puppetry and mindfulness practices, Adhamh has designed curriculum and facilitated for local organizations Soul Shoppe and The Mosaic Project. Adhamh is also a singer-songwriter and a student at Starr King School for the Ministry.


Please visit our Diversity, Equity, & inclusion page to read more about the exciting work we are doing at Redwood Day.