Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Gwen’s Girls Advocating for Black Girls and Their Childhoods

By now, you have probably seen the disturbing video of police pepper-spraying a 9-year-old Black girl as she screamed, “I want my dad!” This is yet another sad example of what Dr. Jamilia Blake has researched…

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10 Black Movies That Aren’t Traumatic

Slavery, segregation and the Black struggle have bombarded the Black Hollywood scene since African-Americans were allowed to star in movies. While these films can be used to educate families, we must…

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PA DHS 2021 Racial Equity Report Promotes System DEI Efforts

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released its first-ever racial equity report on January 21, 2021. The report opens by alluding to the civil and racial unrest sparked by…

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Health and Developmental Assessments for Children in Foster Care

Each year, around thousands of children join the foster care system in the United States. In Philadelphia, more than 6,000 children are in foster, kinship or residential care. Foster youth…

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Mattel Honors Dr. Maya Angelou with New Barbie Doll

The Barbie brand is honoring another important icon, Dr. Maya Angelou, as the newest of doll in their Inspiring Women Collection. During her lifetime, Dr. Angelou impacted many lives through…

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Child Welfare Legislative Updates: January 11-22, 2021

Please review the following child welfare legislative updates pertinent to children and families from January 11 – 22, 2021. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at GovTrack.us. Health   H.R. 259 — Rep….

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Philadelphia Youth Diversion Program Works to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Punitive discipline methods in schools – such as “zero-tolerance” policies – have historically affected students of color at disproportionate rates. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reports that Black students…

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Generations United Calling for Submissions to Virtual Conference

Proposals to present at the Generations United Virtual Intergenerational Conference are due on January 31, 2021. Generations United’s Biennial Global Intergenerational Conference will look extremely different this year. The conference…

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Annie E. Casey Report Illuminates COVID-19 Damage to Children & Families

According to a recent Annie E. Casey report—Kids, Families and COVID-19—Pennsylvania children and families (and families nationwide) have not only suffered from financial challenges and food insecurity as a result…

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Entrepreneur Launches Brand Promoting Self-Love for Black Girls

Audra Robinson, a Minnesota entrepreneur, created a bath and body line that promotes self-love for young Black girls. These products include lip balm, shower gel, lotion and hand sanitizer as…

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