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Hamilton IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) brings the Hamilton community together to support one another in raising kids who think critically about the wider world and issues of social justice. For 2018-19, our focus is on helping families discuss race and racism with their children in age-appropriate ways.

Save the dates! Instead of holding an IDEA meeting in January, we invite the Hamilton community to participate in the following events:
1. MLK Day at the Chicago History Museum. CHM’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. includes family-friendly crafts, stories, and performances on January 21 between 10am and 3pm. It’s a free event, and we’d love to see lots of Hamilton families come out to learn about and celebrate Dr. King. Stay tuned for more details on the schedule and coordinating our visit.
2. A grown-up night out to see two performances by Collaboraction: Folded Map and A Great Day (in the Neighborhood) on Saturday, January 26th at 7pm. Folded Map is an on-stage adaptation of Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map initiative: a photography project that brought people from opposites ends of the same street, but in different neighborhoods, together to get to know one another. Former Hamilton parent and IDEA co-founder Brigid O’Shaughnessy helped devise this performance about segregation in Chicago. Tickets are $25, but we’ll see about getting a reduced price. We’ll make a night of it! Email if you’re interested.

Come see what IDEA is all about, and help us shape Hamilton’s newest parent group!

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IDEA Resources

“The worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all,” says author Jemar Tisby. Watch this short animated video from The Atlantic to learn why.

Check out this list of recommended Native children’s literature.

Click here for brief essays by Native authors on their perspectives on Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.

The American Indian Center, based in Chicago, is a leading American Indian cultural and community resource. Explore their site for events and resources.

The Code Switch: School Daze podcast episode explores the complexities of talking about race in a school setting and the importance of establishing norms to help guide fruitful conversations. Listen to it here. 
For one parent’s honest approach to a child’s questions about race, view  “Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk?”, a Tedx talk by author, psychologist, and academic Beverly Daniel Tatum.