Save the Date: March 17, at 705, “Teaching and Talking About Race With Children”


Teaching and Talking about Race with Children : A Dialogue with Parents and Educators 

Discussing issues of race and racism with children can feel challenging for many adults in caregiving roles, especially when speaking with the very young. It is a challenge that can be met if we embrace the importance of preparing the next generation to live in and foster an equitable multiracial society, and connect with others to share perspectives, resources and tools. Please join us for an evening of honest and open dialogue centered on this critical aspect of community life.

Panelists are:

Rachel Ehrlich – Moderator and Diversity Educator
John Gentile – Diversity Educator
Martha Haakmat – Diversity Educator
Delia Hernandez – Diversity Educator

Rachel Ehrlich is an anti-bias educator. She attended Hampshire College and received a B.A. in Urban Studies from New College of California. She has an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Smith College and a M.A. in Social Justice Education from UMass Amherst. She is working toward a PhD in Urban Education at the CUNY Grad Center. Her dissertation focuses on educational policy, teacher’s unions, and racial and class inequity. She regularly consults with public and private school teachers/administrators on social justice education, diversity, and inclusion. At the Fieldston Ethical Culture School she is the chair of the Ethics Department 6-12th grades, a College Counselor, and teaches courses focused on power and social justice. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife Jill, son August, and bulldog Gilda.

John Gentile is originally from Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown Day High School. He is a graduate with honors from Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City. He is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion consultant focusing on whiteness, white identity development, and white privilege. He has worked with many prestigious educational institutions and organizations including The Trinity School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Riverdale Country School, The Town School and The New School in New York City as well as the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, California, Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio  and Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He has lead workshops, facilitated dialogues and affinity groups, trained faculty, and has been featured as a keynote speaker.  He has also presented at the Critical Analysis of Race in Learning and Education (CARLE) Institute and the Immigrant Justice Corps in New York City. He has been a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference since 2009. He is a founding faculty member of the National Diversity Directors Institute  at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.  He was the recipient of The Princeton Prize for Race Relations in 2007.

Martha Haakmat has taught and led in New York City independent schools for the past 27 years.  Currently the Head of School at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Martha has been a lower, middle and upper school educator and has held administrative positions such as Diversity Director and Middle School Head.  Martha has served as an independent school trustee and has been a member of various committees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  She was also the founder and director of Educators for Growth and Empowerment (EDGE), a diversity consulting team that presented in schools and conferences nationwide.  Martha has three daughters who are being educated in the independent school system.

Delia Hernandez worked as a teacher and administrator in NYC independent schools for twenty years before moving on to her current role as Lecturer in the Education Program at Kjngsborough Community College. She is working toward a PhD in Educational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center where she is exploring the impact of race, ethnicity and class on the development of teacher identity. Delia is a Park Slope native with two sons, ages 7 and 10, and a sweet puppy named Coco.


When: 3/17/15 @ 6:30

Where: PS 705 Auditorium (443 St. Marks Avenue)