The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences
Coming in June 2020 — Pre-order now!
How do we deal with the growing pains of rapid cultural and ethnic change in our country? This practical resource helps parents and teachers of children, youth, and young adults navigate conversations about cultural differences and diversity, so they can raise up individuals committed to respectful civic engagement.
The ABCs of Diversity equips parents, teachers, and community leaders to have intergenerational and intercultural conversations about the differences between us. In addition to discussions of race, intercultural dialogue involves understanding our differences related to political affiliation, gender, class, religion, ability, nationality, and sexual orientation. Such intercultural dialogues can support communities as they work for the mutual well-being of all. This book includes specific resources and activities for persons of various ages that parents and community leaders can employ to encourage compassion and empathy. An educational and practical resource for parents, teachers, community leaders, ministry personnel, human resources directors, and librarians.
"Covering topics from “the talk,” gender, identify formation, and talking to children and adolescents about difference, ABC’s provides readers strategies, practices, and accessible entry points into the life-affirming, and for some of us, life-saving conversations that are necessary in today’s world. Helsel and Harris-Smith provide a toolkit for any parent, small group leader, or individual looking to build deeper relationships across differences."―Patrick Reyes, author of Nobody Cries When We Die
"If every parent of every child reads this book, this next generation will truly create the kind of world we all want to live in — where radical difference is something to be celebrated, where every human being enjoys peace and safety, and where our own hearts are not ruled by fear and hatred."―Kerry Connelly, author of Good* White Racist: Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice