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Panel Discussion: “Living our Values: Helping our Children Respond in Troubling Times,”

April 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

All members of the Lab community are invited to a panel discussion, “Living Our Values: Helping Our Children Respond in Troubling Times,” hosted by the PA’s Diversity Committee.

Beth Richie (lab parent and professor of African American Studies & Criminology, Law & Justice at UIC) will moderate a discussion on how to help our children make sense of, engage with, and act within the current social and political context. This panel hopes to serve as an important resource for Lab parents who have been asking for help in talking with their children about difficult issues, ranging from violence in the city of Chicago; poverty and homelessness in our neighborhoods; racial, gender, religious and ethnic tensions in our communities; and growing intolerance of differences. A distinguished panel of Chicago educators, teachers, parents and school staff will help us think about these parenting challenges and how to respond.

Each of the panelists has experience talking with parents and children in ways that demonstrate respect for different viewpoints, increase compassion and tolerance, and motivate people to take action in the face difficult circumstances. Panelists include:

  • Ken Garcia-Gonzales, Lab, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Lab Parent
  • Kiran Younus, Lab Teacher and Parent, Director River Garden Programs
  • Nakisha Harris Hobbs, Principal, Village Leadership Academy

The goal of the panel and subsequent Q&A is to have parents leave the session feeling better prepared to have direct and open conversations with their children. The session will close with suggestions for ways to help Lab students become engaged citizens in their community who are thoughtful about taking care of our world and the people in it. Contact Amanda Lewis with questions.  RSVPs are highly encouraged, and required for childcare reservations. This event has been rescheduled from its original February 13th date.


April 4, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm