Responding to Evanston parents’ interest in having honest conversations about differences and inclusiveness, the Evanston/Skokie PTA Council in partnership with the Evanston Public Library, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U), will hold a four-part series, “Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids.” Sessions will ground participants’ experiences in research and begin a new dialogue on culture, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, family structure, and other forms of difference and identity.

Adults want to know how to answer tough questions about diversity. Each type of diversity brings unique challenges for families. Every family brings a different perspective to this conversation.

This four-part series starting Oct. 7 will allow parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members to develop real tools to think and talk openly about diversity and inclusion in Evanston. Presenter Elisabeth “Biz” Lindsay-Ryan explains these are not “one-and-done” conversations with kids, but instead are dialogues to have regularly and as children grow through different developmental levels.

All sessions are open to the public and are free of charge.

The fall series will take place Oct. 7 and Nov. 4, facilitated by Ms. Lindsay-Ryan, a diversity professor, trainer and consultant and parent to children at Cherry Preschool and Dawes Elementary School.

The winter sessions are scheduled for Feb.18 and March 18, led by Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan, an internationally recognized diversity consultant, educator, writer and speaker and parent to children at Haven Middle School. Both presenters have advised numerous parent and school groups, educational institutions, and companies on diversity and inclusion issues.
 
Sessions will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Large Community Room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.