An EmbraceRace Community Conversation and Q&A with Professor Amber Williams
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Why We Gather. Especially in these racially turbulent times, many parents, guardians and teachers want to promote cross-racial friendships among the children they care about and for. And why not? Research shows that cross-racial friendships reduce racial bias and feelings of vulnerability in school among children. We also know that such friendships are relatively rare among older children, with some children coming to expect that Black and White children will only have same-race friends. What distinguishes the children who have positive attitudes about, and friendships with, different-race kids from the children who don’t? Join us to talk about cross-racial friendships among children – and what parents and other caregivers might do to encourage them in young children.
We look forward to seeing you online on October 24th at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. Registering also ensures that you will receive the after-event recording and resources whether you attend live or not.
8:30 to 8:35 pm ET: Andrew and Melissa of EmbraceRace introduce the conversation and our guest
8:35 to 8:55 pm ET: Professor Amber Williams shares what she’s learned from her work on cross-racial friendships in young children.
8:55 to 9:25 pm ET: Questions and comments from the EmbraceRace community.
9:25 to 9:30 pm ET: Closing thoughts
Amber Williams is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Her broad research interests focus on the role of race in shaping youths’ self-concepts, their relationships with in- and out-group members, and their academic outcomes. Amber received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the U