Talking With Kids about Race: A Panel Discussion

Raising Safe, Informed, & Engaged Kids in 2017
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Join a diverse panel in frank conversations about protecting our children’s safety and raising them to be resilient and proud of their identities while also showing up for their friends.

The panel discussion will be kicked off with a welcome from the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.


  • Toni Hines, parent organizer at Coleman Advocates, a leading voice for underserved youth and families in San Francisco
  • Carla Marie Munoz, Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe artist, singer and dancer
  • Abdul Benterkia, Program Officer with Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving (BLING), a youth-led grantmaking organization, and an Arab Youth Organization (AYO!) Leader
  • Alex Vasquez, senior at UC Berkeley and Youth Intern with Our Family Coalition, which advances equity for LGBTQ families with children through support, education, and advocacy
  • Julie Roberts-Phung, Co-founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Families, which organizes White people for racial justice


  • Karen Zapata, activist, teacher at June Jordan High School, and board member of Teachers 4 Social Justice, a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization in San Francisco
  • Chalida Anusasananan, teacher librarian at Everett Middle School and member of Teachers 4 Social Justice, a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization in San Francisco

We will talk about race, gender and power dynamics in bullying and daily life with families of color and families with other marginalized identities at the center of the conversation. Participants will walk away with practical advice about how we can raise children to be proud of who they are and support them to be empowered and resilient. Families will also learn to identify and acknowledge their privileged identities and help children understand how to be more aware of privilege and share it for justice.

Parents and caregivers of youth of all ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds welcome.

Free childcare and language translation available.

Please register here for attendance, translation, and childcare:

About Dr. Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13. Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library.

Talking With Kids About Race: A Panel Discussion is presented by SFPL with community partners: Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Teachers 4 Social Justice, Our Family Coalition, Main Street Mamas, San Francisco Families Union, Abundant Beginnings, First 5 San Francisco, and San Francisco Unified School District.

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