Community Conversations: Kids and Anti-Racism

Creating a healthy space to talk with kids

Systemic hatred and racism did not happen overnight. Meaningful change and solutions won’t either.

We have significant disparities in our community, state and nation; it’s so pervasive that our city, county and at least three national medical groups declared racism a public health issue in 2020.

With this free, virtual event, we hope to create and sustain anti-racist dialogue as we work on living into our core value of building a multi-cultural community.

Join us for support in creating a healthy space to talk with kids about anti-racism. The evening features an insightful and interactive panel of local mental health professionals, equity & inclusion practitioners and educators moderated by Washburn Center’s Chief Administrative Officer, Craig Warren.

With this conversation and Washburn Center’s own learning about sustaining anti-racist dialogue, we are doing our own work and committed to becoming anti-racist as individuals, as staff and as an agency. This event is an invitation to join us on that journey. 

Let’s learn together and build confidence to navigate conversations with kids so that we can raise generations who embrace diversity.

Community Conversations: Kids and Anti-Racism
Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration for this event is FREE


Meet the Panel

Robby Callahan Schreiber (he/him)

Hamline-Midway resident of St. Paul and father of two elementary school age kids, is a museum professional with experience in equity-centered leadership development, group facilitation, and community engagement work with young people and adults. He has worked in experiential education with Conservation Corps MN & IA and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs.

From 2007 to 2017 he worked with high school and college-age young people in the Science Museum’s Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center focusing on STEM education, leadership development, and workforce development. Since 2017 he has directed the Museum Access & Equity department, strategically responding to disparities in museum visitor demographics, staff diversity and retention and supporting racial equity dialogue across Minnesota.

In 2018-2019 he directed the RACE in Greater Minnesota project in which three communities – Worthington, Moorhead, Rochester – hosted a version of the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit and developed community-based programming and professional development associated with the exhibit. He currently co-directs the National Science Foundation funded Advancing Museum-Community Conversations that Intersect STEM and Racial Justice project to support people’s ability to understand, process, and work toward dismantling systemic racism in the Twin Cities metro, Fargo/Moorhead, and Rochester communities. Robby is certified and experienced as a Qualified Administrator in The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), a restorative justice Circle Keeper, and Tools of Participation facilitator (CPTF).

Chantell Johnson (she/her)

Chantell Johnson is a true community advocate. As the Northside Achievement Zone’s Community Wellness Program Manager, She helps lead the charge of being a change agent in overall wellness in the adults who support our next generation of scholars. She has a B.S in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Family Advocacy and Behavior Health from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Her mission has expanded from contributing to the educational needs of the North Minneapolis community to working toward making multi-generational changes in collective wellness to families and educators. Chantell continues to utilize and expand on her experience with NAZ to help educators, mental/behavioral health professionals, parents and their scholars alike in North Minneapolis to develop a culture of healing, trauma responsiveness, emotional intelligence, healthy relationship management strategies and anti-racism practices in and around the Twin Cities.

Alex Liu, LPCC (he/him)

Alex Liu is a father to Willow and is a Minneapolis resident who nurtures the mental health of school-aged children as a licensed school-based therapist with Washburn Center for Children. Alex serves the community working with school professionals to offer mental health services that help students with social and emotional development that are a foundational element to learning in the classroom.  Alex earned his master’s in counseling from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL.

His professional focus has been in Preschool/School-Age Mental Health, Parent/Child Attachment, Trauma-Informed Practice/Intergenerational Trauma, Relational Therapy/Intervention and Synergetic Play Therapy Modality, which is an approach that recognizes the importance of the therapeutic experience as a whole, including the therapist, the parents, the child, and all other factors. The process also focuses on the therapist’s own understanding of self to help the child can move towards the uncomfortable memories, thoughts, and body sensations that are experienced as challenging.

Prior to joining Washburn Center, Alex served families in several mental health treatment roles with Fraser and most recently as a Mental Health Case Manager, a service to help families move through systems and barriers to connect them with services and programs to support a child’s development.