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Greetings and a warm welcome to all caretakers from CVPC  👋
Learn about our efforts at diversity and inclusion and check out some resources to help explore, understand, and explain these concepts to your loved and little ones. 


CVPC's Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee Mission Statement

In these critical times, we seek to continue the momentum in addressing systems of inequality based on race, ethnicity, cultural, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, political views and/or physical ability. We welcome ideas and strive to help all families feel welcome.

Here is what are the Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee has been working on to help create positive change within CVPC: 

1. Holding Diversity and Inclusion meetings and will be offering future workshops
2. Working on forming Affinity groups so that communities with specific shared aspects can have safe spaces 
2. Featuring a new Cultural Calendar highlighting the many holidays celebrated by our members 
3. A resource page for anyone who visits our website to gather information on how to discuss race and racism with their family 
4. Emphasizing that CVPC includes not only Castro Valley areas, but all of the surrounding areas including Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo 

We are always happy to have more support, join us today! If you have any questions, feel free to email the D&I committee at:

Diversity & Inclusion Resource Library

Resources for parents to talk to young children about race and racism. 

>>> Click on the headings of your interest below to check out the resources. <<<

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Organizations / Webinars
Organizations / Webinars

Embrace Race has lots of articles, easy to read action guides, and webinars for talking to kids about race and the current related events. 

Layla F. Saad’s 'Parenting and White Supremacy' webinar is helpful for thinking about antiracism with kids. Her book ‘Me And White Supremacy’ is an important read for us adults as it helps us examine our own experiences and biases. 

Raising Race Conscious Kids has a webinar that focuses mostly on the baby to preschool age group but is still informative for any age child. Even just looking through these strategies is helpful. 

The Conscious Kid is a great group to follow on Instagram. Consider supporting them through Patreon, which gives you access to a lot of their specific guides and resources. 

Parenting in Support of Black Lives: How to Build a Just Future for Kids - A panel talk with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith on INFORUM through the Commonwealth Club of CA, teaches us how we can have difficult conversations with our children on the harsh complexities of racism and systemic injustice and how we can help them feel empowered to change society as they grow.

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▶ CVMC members have access to age appropriate, diverse books as part of our traveling library.

Black Lives Matter has put together an online library that includes links of the books being read aloud.

Here's a list of children's books that feature children of color that was created by Kelly Shimoda. There are lots of good book lists out there that include historical race-related stories, but Shimoda focuses on black/brown skinned kids just 'being themselves' with the idea that our kids’ bookshelves should highlight kids of every color enjoying and experiencing life as they do! 

▶ For a book that very factually and plainly talks about skin color and melanin check out All The Colors We Are.

▶ Wonderful read alouds on youtube, a great selection by Sankofa Reads.

Lee and Low Books is a publisher with a great selection of multicultural kids’ books. 

Diverse Book Finder is a searchable database of all picture books with BIPOC.

We Need Diverse Books works to get more diverse books to more children. They often have curated collections featured on Scholastic, etc.  

Read With Mocha Books suggests diverse books.

Hereweeread suggests diverse books.

Here’s an article from the NYT (6/2/20) that offers some books recs as well as discussion points for talking with your kids about race and what’s happening right now. 

❇ Also: a plug for our local bookstore or a black-owned online bookstore or when shopping for any of these books. In California we have Ashay By The Bay located in Vallejo and Eso Won Books located in Los Angeles.

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Adult Reading
Adult Reading

There are so many books and thought leaders for grownups to read and follow, so many actions to take, places to donate, and lots of work for us grownups to do. There are lots of great lists of these resources and actions so I am not attempting to do any of that here, but rather just sharing some books I started with to help my own understanding of race, racism, antiracism, and my own role in all of it (which obviously is necessary in order to honestly talk with our kids): 

How To Be An Antiracist, and follow Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race, and follow Ijeoma Oluo

Me and White Supremacy, and follow Layla F. Saad

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

This Book Is AntiRacist (more for older elementary/middle school kids, but still helpful), and follow Tiffany Jewell

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Powerful Instagram Leaders Worth Following
Powerful Instagram Leaders Worth Following

Britt Hawthorne

Teaching Tolerance

Biracial Bookworms

The Tiny Activists

Teach and Transform

Rachel Cargle (not so much related to kids stuff, but very informative overall)

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Additional Informative Content Via Podcasts, Website or YouTube
Additional Informative Content Via Podcasts, Website or YouTube

History of Policing in America via Throughline - We wanted to know how policing in America started and how the relationship between police and the black community had evolved to be one so bloody and tragic.

13TH | Full Feature available for free on youtube - In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. An incredibly ground breaking film.

▶ Syllabus: 21 Day Racial Equality Habit-Building Challenge by the American Bar Association (ABA):

The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. It has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture, and to the Black community’s experience of racism in America. Even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.

 🌟 A huge thank you to Kelly Shimoda for helping curate most of this list. Kelly is a parent and a ceramicist, check out her work at Shimoda Ceramics!