WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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not to talk with children about sex. According to Planned Parenthood, we now know that chil- dren who have good conversations with their parents about sex are more likely to delay sexual activity, have fewer partners, and use contraceptives when they do have sex. Using that same logic, children who have good conversations with their parents about race are more likely to be comfortable with human diversity, skills for social interaction, and accurate language. They will also be better able to recognize unfairness and know how to act against racism. Over the years, I have immersed myself in understanding race, racism, and other forms of oppression and have realized the journey never ends and there are no experts. I continue to talk with my children and, frankly, anyone else who will listen. I moved back to Wellesley in 2008 (I graduated from Wellesley High School in 1986) with my fam- ily and became a volunteer member of the World of Wellesley, Inc., of which I am now president. The World of Wellesley's mission is to make Wellesley a welcoming place for everyone, and its members provide the com- munity with many opportunities to engage in dialogue through an annual Community Diversity Summit, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, and monthly Conversations on Race, just to name a few. After attending a workshop called "White People Challenging Racism" (www.wpcr-boston.org), I became a facilitator and then brought the class to the Wellesley Recreation Department. I now co-facilitate workshops at the Recreation Department and the Wellesley Free Library for the parents of middle and high school stu- dents to assist them in having these impor- tant conversations in order to help our children build the necessary life skills to nav- igate an increasingly global world. Through all of this, and as the journey continues, I have learned that if there were instructions for raising children, having a deeper under- standing of human differences would be in the first chapter. 46 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up [ forum ]

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