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This free, 5-episode virtual conversation series offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Latinx families. Explore what it means to be a parent as part of the Latinx community, raising Latinx children while navigating U.S. mainstream cultures, and connecting Latinx cultural identities to physical and mental well-being. Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support.
All are welcome to join and engage in these powerful conversations!
The series begins on Monday, October 2, 2023, and will be held every other Monday, from 3 to 4:30 PM ET / 12 to 1:30 PM PT, through November 27, 2023. All webinars are 1 hour followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with our panelists. You are invited to attend any and all episodes that interest you!
All webinars have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
This series is moderated by Eva Rivera, MSW, Policy Director, Early Childhood Development, The Children’s Partnership, and National Facilitator at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.
Episode 1: Latinx Parenting – What does it mean to be Latinx and a Latinx parent in 2023?
Monday, October 2, 2023, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT
What does it mean to raise our children as members of the Latinx community? How do we sustain our cultures as we navigate raising children within American society? Listen to our panelists discuss the successes and challenges of Latinx families today and our hopes for our Latinx communities and our children. Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support!
Karina Cabrera Bell
Mother, Consultant, and Leadership Coach
Karina is a frequent speaker on topics of inclusive leadership, diverse and equitable practices, growth mindset, and women’s leadership including at Google, Pinterest, Univision, TPG The White House, Latinas in Tech, and Tech Leadership conferences. She is a first-generation Dominican-American and a proud mother of two girls.
Father, Principal, and Founder of Real Time Response, Inc. (RTR)
Currently working as the Principal and Founder of Real Time Response, Inc. (RTR) a New York City founded Management and Strategy Consulting consulting firm, Javi provides guidance in a number of key areas, such as organizational development, DEI&B services, succession planning, human resources, and strategic planning.
In addition to his work at RTR Javi is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course for urban planners that focuses on integrating environmental and climate injustice as part of comprehensive planning in their field of work.
A proud Puerto Rican and New York City native, Javi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York State and New York City Colleges. A married father of three during his free time, Javi loves to go out and act young with his wife and train with kids who enjoy playing baseball, soccer and jiujitsu.
Episode 2: Latinx Parenting – Embracing and Understanding Afro-Latinidad and Indigeneity in Our Latinx Communities
Monday, October 16, 2023, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT
What are the threads of our stories and histories woven into our Latinx identities? What does it mean to be Afro-Latino? What does it mean to be an Indigenous member of the Latinx community in the US? Let’s talk about how anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity show up in our community, how our identities influence our parenting, and how we socialize our children. Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support.
Co-founder and Executive Director of Comunidades Indígenas en Liderazgo (CIELO)
Ms.Romero has published on the challenges of organizing in indigenous communities, developing women’s leadership, and preparing a new generation of youth. Her work has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Vogue, Democracy Now!, Quien, El País, TED Talk, Forbes, and the Day Emmy award-winning series Pan Y Circo “Nadie es ilegal migrantes de ida y Vuelta” with Diego Luna.
Program Manager, The Rockefeller Foundation
Prior to his work at The Rockefeller Foundation, Radhy held key leadership positions in organizations focused on community development. For over five years, Radhy worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) where last served as Vice President of Government and Community Relations. In that capacity, he fostered relationships in neighborhoods throughout the City, and collaborated between City/State agencies, elected officials, local leaders, and civic organizations to push forward equitable development that is mindful of the existing neighborhood dynamics and needs. Before joining the NYCEDC, he was the Assistant Director of Community Programs & Partnerships at Columbia University, where he implemented programs outlined in their Community Benefits Agreement as part of their 17-acre campus expansion into West Harlem.
Radhy was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in the predominantly Hispanic section of Washington Heights, NYC. He graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing & Management, and from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs with an Master of Public Administration (MPA).
With a passion for serving underprivileged communities and his proven track record in community relations and program management, Radhy Miranda continues to dedicate his career to promoting equity, economic opportunity, and positive social change.
Episode 3: Latinx Parenting – Learning from Our Latinx Fathers
Monday, October 30, 2023, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT
How do Latinx fathers navigate gender norms, biases, and cultural beliefs as they parent their children? What is it like for Latinx fathers to raise children in the U.S.? We’ll listen to Latinx fathers to find out! Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support.
Father, National Executive Director of Opening Doors
Before joining AP/OD, Adrián spent ten years as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Community Action (PCA) in New Mexico, an organization dedicated to strengthening communities by investing in families. In 2011, President Obama appointed Adrián as a Commissioner to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where he focused on raising awareness and resources for early childhood education for six years.
Adrián is a 2022 Ascend at Aspen Institute Fellow, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow alumnus, and serves on multiple non-profit boards including Brazelton Touchpoints Center, CHI St. Joseph’s Children, National Parent Leadership Institute, and the Explora Children’s Museum.
Joseph Tomás Mckellar
Father, Executive Director of PICO California
Joseph guides PICO’s statewide organizing to transform the criminal justice system, protect and promote immigrant families, increase affordable, family-sustaining housing, and create an inclusive economy. He is a first-generation college graduate from the University of San Diego, and the parent of a 17-month-old son who is the light of his life.
Episode 4: Latinx Parenting – Supporting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Monday, November 13, 2023, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT
What does mental health mean for our Latinx babies and young children? What does it look like, and what makes it happen? How do we create safe and nurturing spaces in our families to support social and emotional well-being and children’s mental health? How might the COVID-19 pandemic, other community-wide events, and our children’s cultural identities come together to impact our children’s emotional health?
Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support.
Father, School Psychologist
Shantel E. Meek, Ph.D.
Mother, Executive Director of Children’s Equity Project (CEP)
She is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and her personal experiences as a Latina and first-generation college graduate from a small border town inform her work and contribute to her drive to improve the learning conditions of children from historically marginalized communities. Today, she lives in Phoenix with her husband and two babies, both of whom are growing up bilingual.
Episode 5: Latinx Parenting – Fostering and Elevating the Strengths of our Latinx Children
Monday, November 27, 2023, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT
How do multilingualism/biculturalism, familismo, personalismo, and respeto, help develop and foster strong cultural identities for our children? How do we create pathways that build on the strengths of our children and families?
Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support.
Vickie Ramos Harris
Mother, Vice President of Policy and Programs at Catalyst California
She is a proud California Latina, raising a Black Latina preschooler with her husband in Los Angeles, working together to instill a love of her Mexican and Black American roots.