Parenting While Black 2022. Reclaiming, Centering, and Affirming our Joy in Raising Black Children. March 7 to May 16, 2022. 3 to 4:30 pm Eastern time. 12 to 1:30 pm Pacific time. Every other Monday. Be part of the conversations. Don't miss out.

Please note: We are not currently offering this workshop series. Don’t worry, there will be more dates and topics coming soon! Check out our calendar for future dates and sign-up for our newsletter to never miss a new training.

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We are excited to relaunch our Parenting While Black series in 2022! This free webinar series offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Black families. All are welcome to join and engage in these powerful conversations!

The six-part series begins on Monday, March 7, 2022, and will be held every other Monday, from 3 to 4:30 PM ET / 12 to 1:30 PM PT, through May 16, 2022. All webinars are 1 hour followed by a NEW 30-minute Q&A session with our parent panelists. You are invited to attend any and all episodes that interest you!



This series will be moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D.,

Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.




All webinars have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

Register for individual webinars or the entire series here.


Webinar 1:
Centering Our Black Joy and Excellence with Our Children, Families, and Communities
Monday, March 7, 2022,
3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Join us as we come together to reaffirm Black Joy and Excellence. We will discuss how together, we can continue to foster the brilliance and resilience of Black infants, children, families, and communities. We recognize that Black Joy radiates from within – our hearts, minds, soul, and spirit. Our conversation will highlight the many ways Black Joy keeps our children healthy, safe, culturally grounded, protected, and most importantly, loved.


Dr. Iheoma Iruka,

Mom, Founding Director, Equity Research Action Coalition;

Research Professor, Department of Public Policy and Fellow,

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill



Dr. Ed Greene,

Father, Grandfather, Former Director of Global Outreach for Sesame Workshop;

Former VP for Children, Youth & Digital Media Literacy at the Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network (HITN);

Chief Strategy Officer at; and Research Fellow at Knology


Download Episode 1 resources here

What is Black Joy?


Webinar 2:
Infertility, Fertility, and Birthing People: the Black Birthing Experiences
Monday, March 21, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Join us as we explore the collective experiences of navigating fertility, pregnancy, and available birth options for ourselves as Black expectant families. Learn about strategies and concrete steps you can take to advocate for yourself, birthing people and your family when you feel hopeful and vulnerable before, during, and after becoming a family.



Aaron Doctor, MD

OB/GYN, Resident Physician

Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology



Venus Standard, MSN

Alliance of Black Doulas for Black Mamas.

Certified Nurse Midwife, DONA Doula, and Assistant Clinical Professor

University of North Carolina School of Medicine




Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler, Ph.D., MSN

Alliance of Black Doulas for Black Mamas.

Certified Nurse Midwife and Assistant Clinical Professor

Duke University School of Nursing



Stephanie Devane-Johnson, Ph.D., MSN,

Alliance of Black Doulas for Black Mamas.

Certified Nurse Midwife, and Associate Professor in Midwifery

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Midwifery Department



Download Episode 2 resources here

Webinar 3:
Black Mental Health Matters: Being Black in White Spaces
Monday, April 4, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Let’s continue to shine more light on Black mental health and well-being. Join in our discussion and explore ways we can advocate for our children as they navigate the world around them. We will explore strategies and concrete steps for creating authentic and embracing spaces for our Black children and youth and each other as parents and caregivers. Share in the conversation.​



Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite

Board-Certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist

CEO and Founder of Well Minds Psychiatry and Consulting Company, PLLC




Antonio Wheeler, MSW, CADC, MA

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, Founder

Anchored In Wellness Chicago





Dr. Kimya Barden

Psychotherapist; Associate Professor of Urban Community Studies,

Chicago Northeastern Illinois University;

Co-creator, The Speaker Shop



Download Episode 3 resources here


Webinar 4:
Elevating Our Racial Identity: Flourishing in Blackness Across the Life Span
Monday, April 18, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Join in to discuss strategies for centering and supporting the development of robust racial identities in Black children and youth. Explore ways we can intentionally create a sense of belonging and connectedness as Black children grow into their cultural, ethnic, and racial identities. Our conversation will highlight the strengths, challenges, and resilience within the Black family and community in raising our children and youth. ​


Dr. William P. Jackson

Founder, Village of Wisdom (VOW)/Black Genius,

Educational Psychologist – Measurement & Evaluation





Dr. Mavis Sanders

Senior Research Scholar of Black children and families,

Child Trends





Download Episode 4 resources here

Webinar 5:
Thriving in the Midst: Grounding and Uplifting Our Babies, Children, Families, and Communities
Monday, May 2, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

During this conversation, we will highlight ways Black children, families, and communities continue to thrive in the midst of the changing global world. We will discuss strategies Black families and communities have utilized to nurture, protect, and raise up their children and families to not only survive but to thrive. ​


Dr. Leah Austin

CEO and President

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)






Freddie E. Taylor

Founder and CEO

Urban Intellectuals (UI)




Download Episode 5 resources here


Webinar 6:
Literacy, Technology, and Art: Healing the Harm and Centering Our Joy in Raising Black Infants, Children, and Youth
Monday, May 16, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Join us as we come full circle in our final Parenting While Black 2022 episode.
We will explore how the arts and technology can affirm our Black infants, children, youth, families, and communities. Let’s celebrate healing, joy, and excellence.


Dr. Stephanie Jolly-Curenton

Associate Professor at Boston University
Director of CEED
Program Director for Child & Youth Policy





 Anthony Frasier


ABF Creative





Download Episode 6 resources here


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