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The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights – Register by February 15

NVIGATING REAL LIFE DIVERSITY – February 6 at Family Focus

Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids:
Communicating and Acting with Awareness and Bravery
Have You Had the Talk…
About What Racism Means to All of Our Children?  
February 6, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Avenue
Presented by Corrie Wallace
Free and open to the public * Spanish translation provided * Childcare provided
Do you know what our children are talking about at school? Come listen to ETHS students voices and engage in the conversation as we work to build the Evanston we hope to be. 
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Y.O.U. – Diverse Communities United 2017 – January 16

youY.O.U. is thrilled to invite you to our 11th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
January 16th, 20171:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ETHS Auditorium | 1600 Church Street, Evanston
Reception and tours to follow across the street in Y.O.U.’s new youth center and headquarters at 1911 Church Street!
Our youth leadership committee has decided this year’s theme will be “Defiance with Purpose.” The event will feature artistic performances by youth from 11 schools across Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today. The event is free, family-friendly, and open to all ages. Immediately following the program, join us across the street at our new youth center and headquarters (located at 1911 Church Street) for a community reception featuring youth artwork and tours of our new building.
Click “going” on our Facebook Event and follow us on Instagram for live updates and sneak peeks into our youth’s preparation in the weeks leading up to the event!
We can’t wait to see you at DCU 2017!

Racial Identity in Adoption – Sat. April 16

trans racial adoption

When deciding to adopt a child of a different racial background than your own, it is hard to imagine how this will play out through the years — both for you as parents and for your child.

Different questions come up at various ages and stages. Talking about racial differences, for instance, may seem rather easy. But discussing racism and racial stereotypes could feel daunting.

And then there are the teen years. The time when many, adopted or not, same race or not, will withdraw from their parents as they try to figure things out more independently. For some transracially adopted teens, this can add a layer of what feels like culture shock as they may realize that there are varying assumptions of who they are based on what they look like. Some of these are based on their being adopted; some based on their race and ethnicity.

For this workshop, Judy Stigger, LCSW, will be joined by adult, transracially placed adopted persons as we discuss:

  • How to talk about racial differences, racism and stereotypes at different ages and stages.
  • Ways to stay a part of the conversation as your child explores what various aspects of their selves mean to them.
  • What adoptees see that their parents did well and what they wish had been done differently.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 – 11:30AM
Location: The Cradle, 2049 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201
Judy Stigger, LCSW
Fees: $20 per person per workshop, $10 for second family member; $5 per child for babysitting; all fees are non-refundable. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. DEADLINE FOR BABYSITTING: April 13, 2016

1.5 DCFS Training Hours

Register here

Racial Equity in Education – Tues. April 12

Opal Equity Education

The Evanston History Many Don’t Know – Thurs. March 10

The PTA Council’s Navigating Real Life Diversity With Our Kids

The Evanston History Many Don’t Know
Facilitated by Local Historian Dino Robinson of Shorefront Legacy Center

Thursday, March 10, 6:308:30 p.m.
Evanston Public Library, Community Room

Free child care and Spanish translation provided.
All ages are welcome at this session

Hear stories covering the rich history of Evanston’s Black Community from 1850 to today. The North Shore’s history of the African American presence dates back more than 150 years. Throughout this history, events, institutions, and its people have played a role in this complicated American history of Evanston and the North Shore. This presentation will take you on a historic tour of influences that have impacted the greater community often overlooked in historical settings.

Save the Date:
March 22:
Practical Tips for Ally Development

Navigating Real Life Diversity – Thurs. Feb. 18

Join the PTA Council’s Winter kick-off of Navigating Real Life Diversity
The American Dream is for all who work hard…or is it?
Facilitated by Noor Ali & ETHS Students from SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism)
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:30pm
ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave, Room E112
Free child care and Spanish translation provided.
Adults are welcome at this session of the 2015-2016 Parent Education series,
Becoming Allies: Inspiring Our Kids to Understand and Stand With Each Other
As we encourage messages to children like “you can do anything with hard work”, how are we also conscious of the significant challenges facing marginalized identities?  Join us as we explore the “American Dream” in an interactive and fun session.  During this session we hope to challenge stereotypes of marginalized identities, as well as shed light on the unequal playing field in our society. Come to discuss methods and share suggestions for change with our community!

Nav RL Diversity Winter Session English

MLK Day Events in Evanston – Jan. 16-26

Saturday, January 16
Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
12 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 17
MLK Day Event with Insight Arts
1-2:15 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
The Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts join in a program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.

“11 Months” Wrap Up Celebration
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
“11 Months” of speakers, films, play readings and author talks, all focused on African American culture in the US concludes on Sun., Jan. 18. Please join us for a celebratory finale, with food from Curt’s Cafe, August Wilson scene readings from the theatre community, and a special performance by Evanston’s own S.O.U.L. Creations. We will also salute and thank all of the wonderful speakers and performers who helped make this past year so special.

To register for the event, call 847-448-8620 or click here >>>

Monday, January 18
Day of Service
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Northwestern University
Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago area. During lunch students will have the opportunity to reflect over their experience.

Diverse Communities United – Realizing King’s Vision Today
1:00-2:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School
Join us for Y.O.U.’s 10th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event will feature artistic performances by youth from 11 schools across Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to all ages. A community reception will be held in the lobby outside of the auditorium immediately following the program, showcasing youth artwork.

MLK Day Celebration Movies: Martin’s Big Words and March On!
1:30-2 p.m & 2:15-2:45 p.m..at the Evanston Public Library, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

“Martin’s Big Words,” by Doreen Rappaport

Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.

“March On!” by Dr. Christine King Farris

In celebration of the of the March On Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the man who went on to inspire a nation.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital Celebrates the Legacy of MLK
2 p.m. at the Presence Saint Francis Hospital auditorium, 355 Ridge Ave.
Rev. Mark A. Dennis, Jr. will discuss the cultural significance of King’s contributions and achievements, and the impact it has made in the 21st century. Soprano soloist Brenda Marie Turner will sing inspiring songs.

MLK Day Program
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Children’s Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
Join us to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rev. Eddie Reeves’ moving interpretation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Campus Observance: Candlelight Vigil
7 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd.

Student Oratorical Contest 
Time: 4:00 p.m., Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium (1999 Campus Drive)
Three Northwestern undergraduate finalists will recite their orations inspired by MLK, with entertainment between orations. The winner will have the opportunity to recite their oration at the MLK commemoration keynote event on January 25th at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Please see the Oratorical Contest page for more information on contest guidelines.

Monday, January 26
Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Diane Nash
6 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr.
Join us for this University-wide observance featuring music and performances by Northwestern student groups and a keynote address delivered by civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash. Sign language interpreted event.

For other Northwestern University events, click here >>>

Our Racial Moment of Truth – Mon. Nov. 16


Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids – Nov. 16

Diversity Nov 2015Even if you missed the first powerful storytelling session, join us for our next session when we will hear from ETHS students from The Leadership Project about their experiences with stereotypes and being allies.

Becoming Allies: Inspiring our kids to understand and stand with each other
Why knowing yourself, how others view you, and how you view others makes you a better ally.

November 16, 2015

Family Focus (2010 Dewey, Evanston)
Free Child care and Spanish translation provided.

Co-facilitated by ETHS students from The Leadership Project.

*In this session we will look at our own biases. If you aren’t familiar with it, check out this Implicit Association Test to see where your biases lie.

Navigating Real Life Diversity – Weds. Oct. 14

Navigating Real Life Diversity: Becoming Allies
Inspiring our kids to understand and stand with each other.

Seeing Each Other in the Stories We Tell

Storytelling is a powerful way we can explore topics like race, ability, and gender.

Join us for a night of compelling stories told by professional and parent storytellers.

Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Avenue

Child care and Spanish translation provided

Last year over 400 people joined in the journey of navigating diversity and helping our kids do the same. This year we will build on that foundation, working towards a toolbox for becoming allies for and with others in this 4 part series.

Sponsored by the PTA Council of Evanston/Skokie in partnership with the Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Public Library, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), Family Focus, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy.

Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids – Feb. 18 & Mar. 18

session+3+4+logoNavigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids is back in 2015!
Sessions three and four bring our second presenter and a new location!
Together, let’s take another step towards making sure our conversations and actions help create real change for our kids and our community.

Navigating Real Life Diversity
February 18th & March 18th
*New Location: Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Avenue
Facilitated by Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan
Diversity and Inclusion expert and long-time Evanston resident

Child care and Spanish translation provided
RSVPs required for child care:

If one of the best ways to overcome difference is to build friendships,what do our kids need in order to develop these essential relationships?
Join us February 18 to consider the cross-cultural barriers to developing and maintaining friendships across difference and the strategies to bridge the gaps that divide us.

Diversity Series at School for Little Children

Biz FlyerSchool for Little Children is proud to be hosting an upcoming parent series titled, Navigating Diversity and Inclusion with our Children at SLC”  This three-part series (you need not attend all three) will be presented by Biz Lindsey-Ryan, a diversity professor, consultant, community leader and powerful speaker.  This important series is FREE and open to the public, so please bring a friend. Childcare will be provided, but an RSVP is required.

When: Thursday, February 12; 7- 9pm
Thursday, February 26; 7- 9pm
Thursday, March 12; 7- 9pm

Where: 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

For More Information please contact SLC’s Parent Liaison for Social and Emotional Learning, Lisa Solar at lisasolar17@gmail.com.

Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids – Nov. 4 or 11

Nav RL Div session 2 EnglishMark your calendar for the next Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids!
Due to overwhelming interest, our next session will be offered on two dates.
Didn’t make it to session one? No problem. Join us anytime!
Navigating Real Life Diversity: Session Two
 November 4th or November 11th
 Evanston Public Library, 6:30-8:30pm
Child care and Spanish translation provided
RSVPs required for child care:
Has your child asked a question or made a comment that made you uneasy and you didn’t know how best to respond? Join facilitator Biz Lindsay-Ryan as she helps us work through real-life everyday scenarios on race, culture and gender to help grow our confidence when we find ourselves faltering or speechless. Biz will also share more strategies for proactively talking with our kids and deepen our understanding of our own inherent biases.

Urban Pow Wow Presentation During Fall Community Day – Sat. Oct. 25

On Saturday October 25 the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host Community Day from 10am-5pm. Free activities include kid’s crafts, food and light refreshments. The American Indian Center will present an Urban Pow Wow history and dance program (for an additional fee) beginning at 2:30.

Mitchell Museum volunteers will lead children and their families in a Dreamcatcher craft from 11am-noon. The Dreamcatcher is originally an Ojibwe craft, intended to filter bad dreams, leaving only the good. The craft will be followed by food and light refreshments (noon-1pm).

From 2:30-3:30 pm, Cyndee Fox-Starr (Omaha/Odawa) and Louis Delgado (Oneida) from the American Indian Center of Chicago will show “50 years of Pow Wow” featuring clips from the 1950s, 1970s and last year’s 60th anniversary. They will lead a discussion on how Urban Pow Wows differ from Tribal Pow Wows, and how they have changed over the last century. Fox-Starr and Delgado will also demonstrate popular Pow Wow dance steps and discuss their symbolism. Cost is $10 Members/ $12 non-Members.

For more information about Community Day at the Mitchell Museum, please contact Visitor Services at visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org, or call 847-475-1030 during our regular hours.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org. The museum is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., FridaySaturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and Free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.

Navigating Real Life Diversity Series Begins Oct. 7th

DiversityWhat do DIVERSITY and INCLUSION really mean?

Responding to our interest in having honest conversations about diversity and inclusion, the PTA Council in partnership with Evanston Public Library, District 65, and Y.O.U brings you…

Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids

A four part series facilitated by Elisabeth “Biz” Lindsay-Ryan & Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan.

All sessions are free and open to the public with Spanish translation provided. Complimentary childcare provided by request – click here.

PART ONE – Tuesday October 7th, 6:30-7:30pm

Evanston Public Library – Large Community Room

Save the dates for future events (same time and place):
November 4 with Elisabeth “Biz” Lindsay-Ryan
February 18 and March 18 with Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan

Sponsored by the Evanston/Skokie PTA Council