Dr. Helsel Resources

Week Two: Dr. Carolyn Helsel—Continuing Conversation About Race: The Language of Diversity

Would you like to expand your capacity for a new language?

Learn the language of diversity and raise kids who respect differences and honor similarities? There is a lot to talk about.

Here’s a sample:

  • Some of the challenges parents and children face when embracing diversity.
  • Conversations don’t move toward action. They are the catalysts. But at some point, you have to move beyond the dinner-table conversation.
  • How to practice moving from dialogue to informed action.
  • Carolyn will share some of the ABC’s of Diversity from her book, including the unhelpful reactions we typically have about or being around people who are different.
  • Helping children educate themselves about social media sources and encouraging them to embrace diversity within social spaces.


Anxious to Talk abut It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism, by  Carolyn B. Helsel
Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders, by Carolyn B. Helsel
The ABC’s of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves) Embrace Our Differences, by co-authors Carolyn B. Helsel & Y. Joy Harris-Smith
Interview on Foreword Reviews with Joy Harris-Smith and Carolyn Helsel
NY Times article featuring Joy Harris-Smith and Carolyn Helsel


Harris and Helsel Interview from the Parenting Forward podcast with Cindy Wang Brandt
But Why? podcast with Y. Joy Harris-Smith