P.R.I.D.E. Program launches season 2 of ‘In My Skin’ podcast

From Pittwire

The P.R.I.D.E. Program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) in Pitt’s School of Education’s Office of Child Development has released a new season of its podcast that addresses implicit bias and young children.

The four-part season, titled “In My Skin,” features voices of renowned experts and practitioners with the goal of giving listeners the tools to learn how to combat bias in their everyday lives.

Each episode begins with a real-life anecdote that illustrates how bias impacts children and then discusses potential solutions and ideas on how to fight against it. The podcast welcomes guests including Walter Gillam with Yale University Child Study Center; Kate Ratliff, director of Project Implicit and Chelsea Jimenez, a student in the School of Education’s urban education and leadership doctoral program.

“We’re talking about race and young children. That’s what P.R.I.D.E. does, and very few people are doing it in this way,” said Adam Flango, the Office of Child Development’s communications manager and host of the podcast. “The podcast tells stories that are relatable from a parent perspective—as well as an educator perspective.”

According to Flango, the subject of how bias affects young children is not widely published in the field. The podcast delves into the biases some adults have toward Black children and how children can be biased against each other.

“We want people who aren’t academics to understand what to do with the topic we address in the podcast,” he said.

Along with Flango, the podcast was made possible with the help of Aisha White, P.R.I.D.E.’s program director, and Medina Jackson, P.R.I.D.E.’s director of engagement.

Listen to the podcast on the P.R.I.D.E. website.

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