Study & Action: Families

What is ‘Study and Action: Families’?

Study & Action: Families is a course designed to help families learn to discuss race and racism together. This can often feel like a taboo or uncomfortable topic for families to talk about, but it is imperative that we do. The format is a 4-session seminar with an action component outside of meeting time. Like the original Study and Action program, it is designed with white identifying participants in mind, with the intent of guiding them to understand the ways in which our whiteness has made us complicit in the systems of oppression we are now fighting against and help them interrupt this cycle in their families and with their children. Children and parents attend the sessions together and will start these conversations, along with some engaging activities, together.

Why ‘Study and Action: Families’?

By ignoring the topics of race and racism we do not train out children to be color blind, tolerant, or "not see race", but allow for broader societal ideas about race and white supremacy to take root in our children's minds. By remaining silent as parents and "shielding" our children we perpetuate white supremacy in our world.

What are the goals of Study & Action: Families?

  • Build confidence around talking about difficult topics with children, such as police brutality, everyday racism, and white supremacy.
  • Give concrete ways parents can address these topics with children in age-appropriate ways that do not support white supremacy.
  • Give parents tools to evaluate the media (e.g. books, TV, movies) their children consume and start conversations around the problematic aspects of them.
  • Help parents get their children involved in the racial justice movement and get them involved in actions.
  • Connect families with similar values that would like learn how to show up for racial justice.

I'm in! When is it and how do I sign up?

Our first Study and Action: Families course will run for four weeks starting Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Location is TBD. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Families attend together, but kids between the ages of 3 and 12 will probably get the most out of it. Have an older child? We suggest having them take the regular Study and Action course, but they are absolutely welcome to come along. Have a toddler or baby? No problem, bring them along too! Please note that your family should be able to make all four sessions (March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20) in order to take full advantage of the class as well as build community with the other families there.

Think this sounds right for your family? Use this link to fill out the registration form: Registration Form

If you have any questions, email surjsacramento@gmail.com