Raising Anti-Racist White Children

Begins November 23!

An online, live interactive workshop for parents and educators offering information and guidance on how to prepare white children in our increasingly multiracial society. The workshop encourages the development of an anti-racist outlook in all children, and focuses on the particular experience of raising white children.

Did you know?

Among families with kindergarteners, white parents are 3 times less likely to discuss race than parents of color.

75% of white parents never, or almost never talk about race.

First graders placed in cross-racial study groups changed their play habits in a positive way, while third graders placed in similar cross-racial study groups did not.

Researchers speculate there is a "developmental window" when positive crossracial habits are most readily learned.

"The more diverse the junior high school or high school, the more the kids self segregate by race and ethnicity within school, and thus the likelihood that any two kids of different races have a friendship goes down."
-from Even Babies Discriminate: A Nutureshock excerpt.
By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

“The more children know about the seriousness of racial-ethnic oppression and its consequences, the more they will be equipped to contest it in their present and future lives.”
-from The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism By Debra Van Ausdale & Joe R. Feagin

“Katz and Kofkin (1997) found that infants are able to nonverbally categorize people by race and gender at six months of age…. and numerous studies show that three- to five-year-olds not only categorize people by race, but express bias based on race.”
-From “Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race” by Erin N. Winkler, Ph.D.

“Over 3 in 10 white millennials believe blacks to be lazier or less hardworking than whites, and a similar number say lack of motivation is a reason why they are less financially well off as a group. Just under a quarter believes blacks are less intelligent…”
-From “Millennials are just about as racist as their parents” by Scott Clement


Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST

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Learn How To Talk To Your White Children About Race!
This workshop takes place using the Zoom online conferencing software. During the workshop we will:

  • Educate you about children's grasp of race & racism
  • Inspire and empower you to model and teach anti-racism
  • Boost your confidence in teaching children anti-racism
  • Show you how to counter the present culture of colorblindness with more effective strategies
  • Help you raise white children who have an aware and healthy racial identify and the potential to join the next generation of anti-racist healers and organizers

The workshop will provide you with information, tools, analysis, strategies, language, and resources. We will also explain the importance of a positive anti-racist racial identity in white children while engaging you in small and large group discussions and guided study. 

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in teaching white children about race and will be very helpful in particular to:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents 
  • Godparents
  • Guardians
  • Caretakers
  • Teachers
  • Educators
  • Service Professionals who work with children (e.g. counselors, case workers, advocates, etc.)
  • Community members with a concern for raising the next generation of anti-racists


The workshop will take place during three Saturday meetings in November and December of 2019, for a total of 6 hours of information-packed content.

First Meeting -- Saturday, November 23rd, 5-7 PM EST

Thanksgiving weekend -- no meeting

Second Meeting -- Saturday, December 7th, 5-7 PM EST

Third Meeting -- Saturday, December 14th, 5-7 PM EST

All meetings are recorded and the recording will be made available for viewing after each meeting by registered workshop participants only.

Registration fee: Standard rate $95

*** Save 30% off our standard rate if you register between now thru November 15 ***

For more information please contact:

Robin Alpern 
Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. 

Meet The Trainers


Robin Mallison Alpern

Robin Mallison Alpern, Director of Training at CSWAC, has a lifelong concern for racial justice and equity. Robin's anti-racist activism has taken a variety of forms, including study of books, films, and lectures; taking part in workshops, seminars, and trainings; publishing essays, articles, and reports; public speaking; facilitating community dialogue; designing and leading workshops; and community organizing. Robin has worked with several anti-racism organizations in her hometown and in her wider faith community, including mixed-race groups and white caucus groups. She maintains ties with anti-racist leaders, both white and of color, who have served as long-term mentors. Recently Robin has co-taught courses at Vassar College on the topic of raising anti-racist children.

Robin has raised four children of her own, who teach her everyday how to make the world a better place to live in. 


Orintia Swindell

Orintia Swindell is a CSWAC trainer and Associate Director of Diversity at Brooklyn Friends School where she has been a member of the Brooklyn Friends School community for over 20 years. She began teaching in the Preschool Afterschool program and later served as the Family Center Coordinator. She became Associate Director of Diversity in 2012.

Orinthia has had a lifelong passion for learning about diversity and equity issues. She has facilitated workshops, presented at national conferences, and been a guest speaker at teacher preparation programs. Her focus is on young children's awareness of race and difference and adult skill development around identity. 
Orinthia holds a Bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in sociology, a Master's degree in early childhood education N-2 from Hunter College, and a Master's degree in early childhood leadership from Bank Street College of Education.

What People Are Saying

Phenomenal work. I am so grateful for your leadership and teaching. The section on children learning racism was enlightening. If we don’t talk to our kids about anti-racism, institutionalized racism will have all the power of influence. This whole concept of tools to nurture 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  

Thoughtful group, very well facilitated, enough time to process. Lots to think about. I have always felt committed to raising anti-racist white children, but now I have the tools. Feeling empowered.
~Lila Barchetto 

The workshop continued to deepen my understanding of racism and ways in which we can oppose/counter it as parents and teachers. Articles were very helpful.
~Laura Bilodeau 

The workshop fueled my excitement and commitment to raising anti-racist white children.
~Rachel Brown

I especially liked the media literacy PowerPoint, although that also hit me emotionally…. I thought both trainers were such amazing facilitators and you guided the discussion gracefully and compassionately.
~Emma Timbers