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Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
in Conversation with Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD


Activating the Next Generation

Tues Nov 10, 4:00pm-5:15pm PST

Free for member school parents and for educators from member and non-member schools.

Everyday issues of inequity abound in our communities. Through generations of systemic racism, our nation has failed to protect and value Black children and families. How do we support a future where all children are valued? In addition to learning about racism, the issue of racial justice also requires action. What can we do as families to model and live our values?  What would an anti-racist society look like, how can we, as parents, play an active role in building it, and what does being an anti-racist in the context of parenting mean? In a time of sound bites and memes, Common Ground invites you to a thoughtful dialogue with psychologist and educator, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, and Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, psychologist and educator. This conversation will focus on these important questions and provide practical advice for talking about race and inspiring kids to fight for racial equity. 

About Our Speakers


Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, president emerita of Spelman College, is the author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race, now in its 20th anniversary edition. A thought-leader in higher education, she was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.


Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD, is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a full-time faculty member at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is also a senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, where she serves as one of the hosts of the center’s popular The Science of Happiness podcast. After earning her doctorate. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley, Dr. Briscoe-Smith’s research has focused on trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how children understand race. She lectures widely and leads workshops on these issues for parents, educators, and many others.

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