White Moms, Black & Brown Kids – So Much More Than Hair

Starts: January 11, 2020 9:00 am | Ends: January 25, 2020 12:00 pm

“It doesn’t matter what color we are, it just matters that we love each other!”

White parents of Black children often pass on cultural scripts, values and beliefs to their children that unintentionally replicate social patterns of white supremacy and anti-Blackness in their families. These patterns can create serious trauma in the psyches of Black children raised in white families, and familial rifts as young adults find stark contrasts between what their parents taught them and how the world sees them. In this workshop, we will identify those patterns and scripts and brainstorm strategies for unpacking your own whiteness, and teaching your child to embrace their Blackness with your full awareness, love, and support.

RNW is pleased to host this workshop, which is led by Kellie Shaw with assistance from Theresa Logan.

Kellie says:

I designed this workshop because of all the Black adults I meet every day who were raised by white parents, who never learned to say, “It’s ok that I am Black.” I want to help you save your child a lot of labor and anguish.

This session is for white mothers and nonbinary parents of children of any age. We may offer a future session that includes fathers.

In this workshop, we hope you will gain:

  • Understanding of yourself as a white parent and the impacts and influence you have on your child(ren)
  • A basic understanding about anti-Blackness
  • Ability to interrupt the concept of color blindness
  • Recognition that we all have “scripts” of anti-Blackness that play in our heads, whether we like it or not, and that your “scripts” will harm your child if you do not do something about them
  • Ability to affirm / embrace your child(ren)’s Blackness
  • Realizing that your white privilege is not transferable to your child, who must navigate anti-Blackness every day
  • Recognition that your child(ren)’s Black identity will not limit or erase their love for you

NOTE: If you’re looking for a how-to guide on hair and skin care for your child, this is not the workshop for you. There are plenty of online resources, and we encourage you to seek them out.

Expect homework and practice assignments between sessions.

Registration Details:

The fee for this workshop is $295. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. Register here.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Audience: White mothers and nonbinary parents
  • Trainers: Kellie Shaw with Theresa Logan
  • Dates and times: Saturdays, January 11th and 25th from 9:00am – 12:00pm each day
  • Location: Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE Broadway, Suite A, Portland, OR 97232 – accessibility, transit, and other info here


Instead of offering scholarships, the trainers decided to make the full training available on a pay-as-you’re-able basis. Everyone is welcome. Please stretch to support the trainers as much as you’re able!

Child care:

Child care is available at no cost – and donations are welcome. Please email Kellie with questions or to make arrangements.

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Event Organizers

Kellie ShawKellie is a Black woman from Portland Oregon who is committed to helping her community find their authentic voices and stand against bias. She challenges herself to look at the world through an equitable lens and invites others to do the same. A consummate volunteer who supports grassroots organizations, she has sat on several boards throughout the area. Kellie co-founded a Racial Equity group where she facilitated lessons around racial and social justice for teachers and parents. Kellie has been a life coach since 2011 and currently contracts with RNW as an equity-informed facilitator, mediator, trainer, and coach. In her off time, in addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys traveling, skiing, and fishing.

Theresa LoganTheresa Logan is a Portland, OR-based consultant providing conflict resolution and restorative justice services with an intersectional racial equity focus. Theresa is also a single mother of 3 biracial/bicultural school-aged children. Theresa’s career trajectory has covered a range of fields over the past 20 years, from community organizing and international development to early childhood education and conflict resolution. After nearly 5 years as Resolution’s Northwest’s Facilitation Program Coordinator, Theresa recently left RNW to start her own practice, Subduction Consulting. Subduction Consulting’s mission is to guide groups and organizations in birthing the new ways of working and being in community required by our time. We each have a role to play in co-creating the next phase of our collective liberation and evolution, and the time for healing and action is now.


January 11, 2020 9:00 am

January 25, 2020 12:00 pm


Lead Organizer

Kellie Shaw


White Moms, Black & Brown Kids – So Much More Than Hair

Kellie Shaw

January 11, 2020 9:00 am

January 25, 2020 12:00 pm
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