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What’s a Pause Button?

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By Melissa J. Johnson, PH.D. Founder & CEO Licensed Psychologist (PSY 13102) Last week we had a blast hosting a workshop for a group of second grade girls. One of their fun projects was to create a Pause Button Bracelet – colorful string and buttons to wear around their wrists. What does one do with a Pause…

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Resources for People of Color and Healthcare Providers

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Resources  For People of Color:   Surviving and Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color: A list of helpful tools and strategies to use in response to racism, prejudice, discrimination and hate.   NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Flyer: An informational Flyer providing helpful tips to finding a mental health provider that fits your cultural…

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An Introduction to “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

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White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack A Resource © 1989 Dr. Peggy McIntosh Introduction by Hax Baker Our goal this issue is to provide resources and activities to help you, your family, your students, and others increase awareness of privilege. Dr. Peggy McIntosh’s paper “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” first published in Peace and Freedom Magazine,…

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IFGD’s International Day of the Girl Video Project!

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October 11th is International Day of the Girl, a UN-sponsored campaign that celebrates the lives of girls all over the world. 2017’s theme is #GirlsBelongHere, and is all about encouraging girls that they belong everywhere and can be whatever they want to be! As part of the social media campaign, the Institute recorded wishes for…

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Using Stories in the Discussion of Race

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USING STORIES IN THE DISCUSSION OF RACE Dr. Vicki Chiang Embracing all aspects of our identity is a great practice for kids and adults alike. It helps facilitate self-confidence, self-understanding, as well as compassion for difference and diversity.  Parents often ask about ways they can talk with their children about race – their own and…

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Race and Diversity For Parents: Doing Our Own Work

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Dear Colleagues and Friends, Here at the Institute, we have a saying about the importance of “doing our own work” – whether we are parents or professionals. As we consider ways to help children understand race and appreciate diversity, its vital for us to “do our own work.”  Research has indicated that many white parents,…

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Resources for Managing Stress Related to Hurricanes and Floods

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Our hearts go out to the friends and families affected by hurricane Harvey. Here at the Institute, we’ve assembled some resources for managing stress, emotions, and loss related to hurricanes and floods. By sharing these resources, we hope to help you find relief, whether it’s you or a loved one currently dealing with the aftermath…

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Gender Inclusion Statement for the Institute for Girls’ Development

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By Melissa J. Johnson, PH.D. Founder & CEO Licensed Psychologist (PSY 13102) As an organization dedicated to empowering girls, their families and their circles of community, we have been thinking deeply about our role in empowering gender non-conforming, non-binary and trans youth.  Coinciding with our own deep reflections, we find that parents, teens and young…

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