Conference: Understanding and Challenging White Culture for the Benefit of the Adoptive Family (KAAN Conference; Atlanta, Georgia; July 29 – 31, 2011)

A panel of three individuals who have been moving forward on their journeys to understand issues around white culture and white privilege will share their perspectives and engage the audience in a thoughtful, respectful discussion of white culture and white privilege.

One presenter (Jen Helzinger) is a white mother whose children are from South Korea, China, and the United States, and who has been working to bridge communities for years.

Another is a mother (Terra Trevor) who has raised children born both in South Korea and in the United States, and whose blended heritage (white and Native American) has given her unique perspectives on race and white privilege.

And the third presenter (Mark Hagland) is a father and an adult adoptee who came to the U.S. in the first wave of trans-racial, international adoptees, and whose life experience has been shaped by growing up with white parents in the dominant white culture, but with an Asian face. All three have had extraordinary experiences that will help nurture a rich and multi-layered audience discussion.

This session is intended to give safe space for participants to consider how whites are taught to be white as well as root out those pieces of white culture that no longer fit in their families.

More information on KAAN and the KAAN 2011 Conference is here.

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