On October 15, PAMKA hosted their first Virtual Parenting Workshop of the 2020-2021 school year. The parent community came together to discuss the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD.
Almost 60 parents from all three campuses signed up to participate in this event. The discussion started with an overview by Carlaina Bell, MKA's Assistant Head of School for Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism, and her faculty facilitators Meg Arcadia, Shanie Israel, Breanna Conley, Roshni-Shah, Yesenia Ravelo-Rodriguez, and Leslie-Ann Murray.
After the introduction, parents continued discussions by Affinity Groups, White Parents and Parents of Color. The purpose of this book is for white people speak about and acknowledge race without relying on People of Color to lead the discussion or educate them. It is often an uncomfortable conversation, but a necessary one and, thankfully, many parents were ready to push through the discomfort and speak openly.
This workshop was a great first step in getting our parent community talking about race in a safe place. PAMKA looks forward to partnering with MKA on more anti-racism discussions this school year.