FREE Parent Workshops on Equity Topics
Dr. Joseph Williams will be holding equity-centered workshops for parents of students in Charlottesville City Schools.

Bio-Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Virginia. His professional interest include multicultural and social justice training practices for (K-12) counselors, educators, and other helping professionals. In addition to publishing scholarly articles and book chapters in this area, he also consult with school districts, communities, associations, and corporations to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Joseph earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a cognate in Social Work from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University.

There must be at least 20 attendees in order to hold the session.

Sessions will be held at Charlottesville High School from 1pm-3pm.

Please contact Denise Johnson at with any questions.
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January 11: Session 1- Implicit Bias
Workshop Description: Research clearly shows that the impact of parent bias on kids should not be underestimated. Although explicit biases have negative effects on kids, implicit bias can also affect children. There can be a mismatch between what parents say and their unconscious reactions toward minority groups—and children seem to pick up on this. Parents who aspire to raise tolerant children need to ensure that they aren’t implicitly (unconsciously) transmitting racial biases to their kids. Becoming more aware of implicit bias is the first step. Using the Harvard Implicit Association Tests, this workshops facilitates a self-examination of a variety of biases that influence how we interact and behave around various groups of people. Most importantly, this interactive session reviews evidence-based strategies for disrupting and counteracting bias in our personal lives.
January 18: Session 2- Talking to Kids about Race and Racism
Workshop Description: Research shows that children from a very young age are aware of race. Parents play a critical role in shaping children’s perceptions about race and culture. However, many parents aren’t sure how to talk with their kids about race and racism or how to provide age appropriate answers to questions about race. Other parents worry that they aren’t providing the “right” answers. As a result,families sometimes avoid the topic, which may leave children feeling that the topic of race is taboo or too difficult to talk about. This workshop will provide parents with evidence-based strategies for talking to children and adolescents (ages 2 -17) about race and racism.
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