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Parenting Workshop Series 2018

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Parenting workshops

In the fall of 2018, BTS organized a series of four Experience racism
parenting workshops. Around ten parents
attended at least one of the sessions. 58% of the 73% 63%
parents identifies as Black or African American,
33% identifies as Puerto Rican or Hispanic, and 55%
8% identifies as multi-racial. Half (50%) of the 45%
parents had at least one child in Waterbury Public
School System (now or in the past). Yet only 13% 25% 25%
of the parents felt that WPS did or does an
adequate job in affirming their child’s identity. At 18%
the beginning of the workshop, half of the parents 13%
feel (very) uncomfortable talking with their
children about their race/ethnic identity, and half work street school other friends street school other
feels (very) comfortable.
me (n=12) child (n=9)

Most of the parents experienced racism at least once in their life, mostly at work (67%). Most of the parents also
think their child experienced racism at least once in their life, mostly at school (56%).

The data shows that half the parents were not familiar with (many) resources in the city that could affirm their
child(ren)’s identity in a positive way.

It is not surprising that the parents expressed excitement and
Number of resources parent is aware off anticipation about the workshop series. One parent wanted to learn

“other views on race”, another said that she wanted to know “how to

3 or more, 20% cope”. Another parent elaborated more saying: “Become aware of my
bias and misinformation for self-correction”. And one parent hoped

that the workshop supported her efforts in helping others, wanting

none, 50% to learn “how to better prepare the youth interact w/ to deal w/ racial

issue and how to be sensitive to their struggles and concerns”.

1 to 2, 30% Participants were very positive about the workshops, as is indicated

in the graph below. All parents strongly agreed that their children

could benefit from the things they learned, that the subjects are

important to discuss, that the workshop was engaging, and that the

n=10 presenter was knowledgeable. The vast majority very much agreed

that they themselves could learn from the subjects discussed and

that they will use the things learned at home. Not all parents strongly agreed that the information provided was new;

9% of the parents were familiar with some of the materials.

Post workshop satisfaction,
Parents agreement with the statement

My children can benefit from the things I… 64% 100% 27% 9%
Subjects are important to discuss Somewhat 100% 9%
Workshop was engaging 100% 9%
Presenter was knowledgeable 100%
I can benefit from the things I learned today 91%
I will use some of the things I learned at home
Not so much
Information provided was new to me


We asked parents a few narrative questions too. We
were specifically interested in what they learned in the
workshops and what subjects would stick with them. Below
are the narrative answers of the few parents who provided

Narrative feed back by parents

What did you learn in these workshops?
“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome”

“All the resources provided was wonderful”

“Social Justice”

“How much it sits in me to divide just Black/White and not so much focus on brown. I am
excited with the incorporation. Plus, race is more visual.”

“Different narratives”

What is one thing you will be still thinking about tomorrow?
“the presentation”
“Book recommendations”
“The different narratives I was presented with.”
“How brown will be considered as much as black/white.”
“What else I can do for the children in my community! :) Thank you so much.”


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