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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.

Please note the meeting scheduled for April 24 has been cancelled. We will see you on May 22nd!

What’s the big IDEA? is an interactive, FUN family workshop brought to you by Hamilton IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access). The fabulous team at Free Street Theater will lead conversations and activities that build skills for:

  • Engaging in active dialogue, especially when disagreement makes it difficult

  • Discussing challenging topics like race and gender with joy and creativity

  • Modeling positive communication for our kids

Kids will take part in age-appropriate discussion and play-based activities to explore their role in making our world more equitable and inclusive.


Saturday, May 18th at Hamilton

Workshop 4-6 pm; food and socializing 6-7 pm

$20 per family, or pay what you can

Purchase tickets here:

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.