Let’s Talk Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Part I, II & III Feb 9, 16, 23/2022


Foster Parent Training Program events are offered at no cost. 

Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

Part I  : February 9, 2022, 2.0 Credit Hours, Carla Jordan, MS

Part II : February 16, 2022, 2.0 Credit Hours, Chris Pritchard, MS

Part III: February 23, 2022, 2.0 Credit Hours, Carla Jordan, MS

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Becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent can present its own unique challenges, especially when the children involved have a complex history of trauma. In the United States alone nearly 35 million youth have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience. People of color and youth that identify as LGBTQ in the foster care system have an added layer of trauma due to race and gender-based biases and discrimination. When raising a child of a different race or ethnic background, adoptive and foster parents may need extra help to help the children learn how to address racism and develop a strong sense of their own identity.

The Foster Parent Training Program, housed at the UK College of Social Work Training Resource Center, offering a 3-part virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training series is designed to help individuals have candid, authentic conversations about race and gender with the goal of creating self-spaces, increasing resiliency, and promoting positive youth development for youth that experienced trauma. The trauma-informed curriculum will help to increase advocacy and awareness skills for adults and youth alike. It will also help to increase parenting skills for parents and caregivers of youth that identify as LGBTQ or are in transracial foster homes.

Please join us for a three-part Diversity Equity & Inclusion Series:

Title: Let’s Talk Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Part I

When: February 9, 2022

Who: Carla Jordan, MS

From 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

Children have the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe, loved, respected, welcome, and included. They have the right to live in an environment free from violence, disrespect and harm. They have the right to expect that adults will treat them as valued human beings who deserve compassion, understanding, and support. During Let’s Talk: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Part I, Participants will actively engage in:

Lesson 1: Creating a Common Language

  • Parents will learn common terms and develop understanding and language used to engage in conversations around race and gender.
  • Parents will learn practical steps on how to discuss race and behaviors that lead to bias, inequity and oppression to their youth.

Lesson 2: Identifying and Understanding Conscious & Unconscious Bias

  • Parents will learn to identify the realms of oppression and its effects on youth.
  • Parents will increase their active and empathetic listening skills by participating in listening and reflective activities to acknowledge and understand oppression.
  • Parents will learn to create safe environments by utilizing inclusive language to facilitate healthy dialogue.
  • Parents will learn about intersectionality and how it relates to foster youth.
  • Parents will learn strategies to mitigate implicit and unconscious bias.
  • Will learn to identify their personal bias and take corrective measures.

About the Speaker: Carla is the Training Resource Center’s Training Specialist. She has a master’s in psychology and has facilitated parenting classes for almost 20 years in both KY and MI. Carla is trained in Nurturing Parenting, Arise, Coming Together for Racial Understanding, Mental Health CPR and more. Most recently, Carla ran and facilitated programming for the Strengthening Kentucky SKY Families Program for Kentucky State University. She also recently earned a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Certificate from the College of Agriculture Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky.

Carla is an advocate and mentor. She has served on several boards like the Southern Bluegrass Citizen Review Panel (Past-Chair), Kentucky Extension Diversity & Inclusion Network (Past-Chair) and Prevent Child Abuse KY (Partner in Prevention). She volunteers for organizations that provide educational, advocacy and mentoring to youth like Frankie’s Corner and Community Inspired Solutions. Carla is dedicated to increasing capacity and providing individuals and families with tools to increase parenting, social, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

Let’s Talk Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Part II: Creating Safe Zones

When: February 16, 2022

Who: Chris Pritchard, MS

From 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

During Session II Parents will increase allyship and advocacy skills by addressing gender, and gender bias issues. 

This workshop is designed to provide an introduction LGBTQ and allyship Training. Parents will learn:

  • About foundational LGBTQ vocabulary.
  • Participants will develop a clearer understanding of the importance of language in relation to creating affirming environments LGBTQ individuals.
  • Participants will learn to understand the difference between gender and sexuality.
  • Participants will learn to identify the difference between L,G, B, Q and T of the LGBTQ.
  • Participants will be able to describe the difference between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and attraction.
  • Participants will know at least one reason it is helpful and important to recognize these different components within gender.
  • Participants will learn what it means to “come out” and the privileges or lack of privileges associated with coming out.
  • Participants will be able to separate myth from fact, and accurate information from hearsay, regarding popular misconceptions about LGBTQ people.

About the Speaker: Chris has worked in education for well over 10 years. He has provided mentoring, advocacy and youth capacity building. More specifically, he has provided community outreach and academic support to high school students for college prep and readiness through the Upward Bound Programs. Currently, Chris coordinates for the Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program at the University of Kentucky.

In this program, he runs a residential summer program where he works specifically with students from Kentucky’s Appalachian region who are working toward a future career in the medical field. He has a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Morehead State University. Chris is a trained Safe Zone facilitator.

Let’s Talk Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Part III: Empowerment, Intentionality, & Self-Care

 When: February 23, 2022

Who: Carla Jordan, MS

From 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

During this session, parents will expand on the knowledge learned previously in sessions 1 and 2. Parents will increase protective factors for mitigating race-based trauma. Parents will actively engage in conversations and activities that will increase cultural competency, promote overall health and awareness, and resiliency for youth that identify as a person of color and/ or from the LGBTQ+ community. More specifically, parents will:

Lesson 5: Empowerment & Intentionality

  • Participants will learn to identify racial trauma, also known as race-based traumatic stress (RBTS).
  • Parents will learn about current laws and protections against discrimination and other prohibited practices.
  • Parents will learn strategies for mitigating race-based traumatic stress.

Lesson 6: Self-Care

  • Participants will learn the importance of self-care
  • Parents will learn self-care practices that help combat RBTS.
  • Participants will learn how to seek mental health support when necessary

This training series will provide families with tools to identify and understand race and oppression. Parents will increase their communication, cultural competencies, advocacy and interpersonal skills from a trauma-informed perspective. Overall, parents will learn to apply skills learned to mitigate trauma experienced by youth of color and those that identify with the LGBTQ+ communities. If you have any questions, please contact Carla Jordan, TRC Training Specialist, at carla.jordan@uky.edu or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).