Learning to Listen 2022 Spring Series

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Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change returns this spring with soul-filling conversations featuring luminaries who are working on the frontlines of current and emerging issues for children and families. The free series kicks off on Wednesday, March 2, and continues all year long with six exciting conversations.

All Learning to Listen conversations are one hour long and feature live Spanish translation and an interactive Q and A – register today and join the conversation!


Episode I: March 2, 2022
Listening to Children and Families in Court


Judge Erika Yew

With decades of experience in collaborative problem-solving courts inside California’s justice system, The Honorable Judge Erica Yew shared what she has learned over the course of her convention-shattering career about the importance of listening to families and partnering with them to improve justice outcomes for all.

Judge Yew has served on the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 2001, where her judicial assignments have included a variety of court settings, such as presiding over a dependency drug treatment court and other collaborative problem-solving courts.

In addition to her work in California’s justice system, Judge Yew serves on the boards of the National Center for State Courts and the California Judges Association. Judge Yew is also a member of the California Access to Justice Commission where she serves as the co-chair of the commission’s Racial Justice and Intersectionality Committee.

Judge Yew is also a co-chair of the California Judicial Mentor Program and has received a number of awards for her community service, including Outstanding Jurist of the Year in 2016 from the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Judicial Council.

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Episode II: April 20, 2022
Who Rocks the Cradle? New Ways of Being Family and COVID’s Impact

Join Andrew Solomon as he ponders how COVID has challenged and changed our families, and find out who rocks the cradle now.​

Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., LGBTQ rights, mental health, and arts activist; New Yorker and New York Times contributor; and award-winning author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression observes that the nature of family has changed and is changing profoundly, and proposes that we cheat ourselves when we fail to recognize and celebrate that burgeoning diversity. He has met with single parents, divorced parents, foster parents, parents who used assisted reproductive technology, same-sex parents, multi-parent families, and many other categories of people who are inventing new structures from which we all stand to learn. His work has deepened profoundly his experience as a husband and father.

Dr. Solomon is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, Lecturer in Psychology at Yale University, and past President of PEN American Center. He is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. Andrew writes regularly for The New Yorker and The New York Times.

His 2012 book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012. His subsequent book, Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World, was published in 2016 and has been named a New York Times Notable Book. He previously wrote The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, he made an award-winning film of Far from the Tree, available on Hulu, and an audiobook called New Family Values. ​Andrew lives with his husband and son in New York and London and is a dual national. He also has a daughter with a college friend.

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Episode III: May 11, 2022
Sesame Workshop: Listening to Families Resettling in the US


On any given day, there are more than 80 million refugees around the world, nearly half of whom are children. Join Sesame Workshop’s Maria del Rocio Galarza, Vice President of US Social Impact, and Tara Wright, Senior Manager of Content Design, for a conversation about how Sesame Workshop aims to support children, families, and providers as they arrive and resettle in the US. through creating resilience-building resources and celebrating the unique strengths of different communities.


Tara Wright serves as Senior Content Manager in the U.S. Social Impact department at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind the beloved children’s show, Sesame Street.


In her work at Sesame, Tara creates content for SesameStreetInCommunities.org and SesameStreetforMilitaryFamilies.org, with the goal to help kids, families, and the providers who serve them grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Tara is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, a Marine Corps wife, and a mama to two young boys.




Maria del Rocío Galarza serves as Vice President of US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. Maria manages the development of educational content for a wide range of multimedia projects.


As an expert in early childhood educational development, Maria works with advisors to ensure that the content of Sesame Street’s initiatives is age-appropriate, engaging, and effective. 




Sesame Workshop is leading the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, bringing hope and opportunity to a generation of refugee children. Through its Play to Learn program, Sesame Workshop is delivering play-based learning to hundreds of thousands of children in and around the massive Rohingya refugee settlement in Bangladesh, while its Ahlan Simsim (“Welcome Sesame” in Arabic) is a groundbreaking program that delivers early learning and nurturing care to children and caregivers affected by the Syrian conflict.

Learn more about Sesame Workshop’s critical refugee response work here.

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