We live in deeply stressful times. COVID. Racial tension and violence. Political polarization. Dire economic straits. The physical and emotional costs of stress crosses all demographic lines, but we know that the burden of chronic stress falls disproportionately on frequently targeted, racialized communities – Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Multiracial among them. Chronic stress of any kind takes a toll on the mind and body; racial stress experienced by targeted groups has measurable and negative impacts on marginalized communities, including children.
Happily, there are strategies and practices we can use to lessen the effects of racial stress on our bodies and minds and on our parenting. Join us for a conversation with Drs. Riana Elyse Anderson and Shawn C.T. Jones. Riana and Shawn are psychologists and researchers who bring deep experience and knowledge of the tools and practices families and kids can develop to help them “read, recast, and resolve racially stressful encounters.” Both trained with "racial literacy" giant Howard Stevenson and are affiliates of his Racial Empowerment Collaborative. Riana and Shawn also have a knack for making practices accessible, most notably with their web series, Our Mental Health Minute.
We’re excited to welcome them and all of you to this conversation. As always, come with your comments and questions!