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Watch this Expert Panel Discussion on Racism for Parents of Young Children 

How do you navigate conversations with your young children about topics such as race, diversity, inclusion, and equity?

Watch as Jamele Adams (educator, poet, and activist), Dr. Ashley Cameron (licensed child and adult psychologist), Julie Parsons (Executive Director of the Cambridge-Ellis School and veteran kindergarten teacher), Sofie Chouinard (local high school student), and Mia Story (local high school student) discuss the importance of having race-related conversations with young children, and when and how to have these conversations. The discussion is moderated by Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo.

This event was sponsored by Franklin Area Moms (www.franklinareamoms.com) and Franklin Area Against Racism. Video by Franklin TV.

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Speakers

Julie Parsons

Julie Parsons is the newly appointed executive director of the Cambridge-Ellis School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For the past seventeen years, she has served as a kindergarten teacher at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI. Over the course of her tenure, Julie has  developed and facilitated race-base affinity groups for both children and adults. She has co-authored two articles for NAIS Magazine and has spoken nationally. Julie continues to consult with schools on topics such as identity, privilege, anti-bias and anti-racist educational practices.


Cobi Frongillo

Cobi Frongillo is a lifelong resident and newly-elected Town Councilor in Franklin. A 2015 graduate of Franklin High School, Cobi went on to receive his Bachelors in Political Science & Economics and Masters in Public Policy from UMass Amherst. Cobi has been an outspoken community advocate and is a proud member of Franklin Area Against Racism and the Franklin Freedom Team. During his campaign, Cobi helped organize a roundtable discussion with students of color, which has since received over 11 thousand views and helped reframe the local conversation on race. Outside of Council, Cobi is a research analyst with the Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Energy, and Utilities (Chaired by Franklin State Rep Jeffrey Roy).


Dr. Ashley Cameron

Dr. Ashley Cameron is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. She graduated with her PhD from Northeastern University and received her clinical training at McLean/Franciscan Children’s Hospital and public schools. She provides evidence-based psychological treatment for children, adolescents, and adults ranging from ages 2 to 60 years old. Dr. Cameron has her certification as a National Certified School Psychologist and a Health Service Provider, and has specific training in supporting children and adolescents through school-related issues. She uses an integrative and holistic approach to treating individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment, stress, relationship and cultural/diversity issues. Dr. Cameron uses a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance-commitment therapy, stress management/relaxation techniques, mindfulness-based interventions, internal family systems, and motivational interviewing. In addition, she works as a school psychologist for Boston Public Schools where she provides counseling, assessment, and consultation services to help schools develop and implement social-emotional learning at a system level. 


Jamele Adams

Jamele Adams remains very well known in the New York City area in slam poetry circles.  Known as Harlym 125, Jamele was a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions in New York and beyond.  Jamele has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined a team of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally.

Jamele has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity.  Several times in the last couple of years, Jamele has been called to local high schools, colleges and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after racial incidents have happened.

Known for his work, Jamele is asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or conditions.  Jamele appears at dozens of college campuses every year. He is the “HUMAN HIGHLIGHT OF POETRY AND EDU-ACTIVISM.”


This event is presented by Franklin Area Moms and Franklin Area Against Racism 

For inquiries, please email us at franklinareamomsgroup@gmail.com.

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