Reframing Race Lecture Testimonials

“Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author and lecturer, returned to The Potomac School on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 to speak to area faculty through the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington’s (AISGW) Diversity Speaker Series. During her motivating talk, Ms. Nakazawa challenged educators to think about the realities of what it means for multiracial students to grow up in a world that continues to be polarized by race. She also asked educators to reconsider the kinds of resources that they use inside their classrooms and within their curriculums. Through personal and anecdotal stories, Ms. Nakazawa provided a developmental timeline for educators to use to help multiracial students succeed in their classes. An educator’s dream, she was insightful, knowledgeable, and caring.”
–Tiffany Bridgewater, Director of Diversity, Potomac School, Washington D.C.

“Kudos on the successful evening with Donna Jackson Nakazawa. She had a three-pronged approach: research, anecdotal and personal experience that made her discussion authentic.”
–Parent, Sidwell Friends School, Washington D.C.

“Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s lecture gives us a vision of a shared past and present and defines for educators a path to a brighter future. We are a rainbow society of cultures and colors. Nakazawa gives us insight and a psycho-educational roadmap to develop our self-awareness as adult educators of children from many cultures and mixed cultural heritages. Donna’s research and insights offer a bridge over the rainbow to claim great rewards for present and future generations. Our shared path will demand reflection and change: changes that will brighten the character and outlook of all children as they follow their rainbow. Thanks to Donna for taking that first leap.”
–Thomas A. Bruggman, Ph.D., Director of Counseling, The Calvert School, Baltimore, MD

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? creates a space for students, teachers and parents to talk about multiracial identity and the social construction of race in the U.S. The changing landscape of our school population means we must be prepared to respond thoughtfully to the needs of multiracial families. It can be difficult to talk explicitly about race and racial identity, but Nakazawa’s work provides concrete examples and allows educators to explore multiple ways of moving through the world.”
–Mariama Richards and Elizabeth Denevi, Co-directors of Diversity, Georgetown Day School, Washington D.C.