Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Stanley 


Parents for Racial Equity Seminar Series with Dr. Lori Watson


This empowering four-part series, available exclusively to Stanley Parents, will be led by Dr. Lori A. Watson. The seminars will be held in person at the Stanley Library*.  


For some parents, talking about race to a child can be unnerving. For others, it's a natural and necessary conversation from the beginning. Children begin to notice race as early as 6 months and begin to develop biases as young as 3. Parents must realize that when nothing is said about race, a lot is actually still being communicated. An important first step in teaching our children about how to be "color conscious" rather than “color blind” is to continue to deepen our own personal knowledge about race and to develop the skills to engage with them as well as others, in an effective way. 


*This series is for parents who want to talk about race and are interested in learning tools. This is not for those who want to debate whether racism exists or not. 


Seminar dates and topics (parents are encouraged to attend all four):


October 26, 2021 - 6-8pm

LANGUAGE/”TOOLS”/PARAMETERS - How to talk about race. Providing participants an introduction into some foundational approaches to conversations about race. MYSELF…MY STORY - Personalizing race. Participants will engage in a personal reflection about how race has impacted and continues to impact their lives.


November 30, 2021 - 6-8pm

BELIEFS/CONSCIOUSNESS - Conditioning. How do racial narratives get constructed and what role does consciousness play in disrupting those false narratives and how to seek out counter-narratives.


February 24, 2022 - 6-8pm

”WHITENESS”- Defining aspects of whiteness. What is whiteness—white privilege—white fragility—white culture & consciousness?


April 12, 2022 - 6-8pm

CHILDREN & RACE - Resources for talking to children about race. Taking responsibility to raise racially conscious children. 

CO-CONSPIRATORSHIP - Taking action. 


*As the seminar will take place in the Stanley Library, participants will need to comply with Covid guidelines, including completing the Covid waiver and wearing masks.





During her twenty-plus years as an educator, Dr. Watson was a teacher, basketball coach and school administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. Most recent- ly she worked as an Equity Transformation Specialist with Courageous Conversation, a consulting agency commit- ted to achieving racial equity. She coaches and facilitates nationwide, helping individuals and organizations uncover personal and institutional biases in order to elevate racial consciousness and move toward systemic racial equity transformation. For more information about Dr. Lori Watson, please visit her website: https://www.race-work.com/


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa LarkinDEI Chair and Stanley Parent, at lilim70@comcast.net