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Looking Ahead to Juneteenth: Centering Black Parent Voices in the Age of COVID-19 and Racial Reckoning

June 17 @ 1:00 pm

Iheoma U. Iruka and Stephanie M. Curenton, co-founders of Researchers Investigating Sociocultural Equity and Race Network (RISER) will discuss the intersections between RISER’s research and themes associated with the national Juneteenth holiday. Guest speakers from the National Black Child Development Institute, POINTS of ACCESS and ZERO TO THREE will share how their organizations are centering racial equity in their ongoing work to improve the wellbeing of Black parents and families amid the pandemic.

This webinar will share insights and guidance for your organizations to help you:

  • Incorporate the research findings from RISER’s report “Black Parent Voices, Resilience in the Face of the Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Racism” into your ongoing advocacy efforts.
  • Draw on the significance of the Juneteenth holiday as a time for assessment, and for planning to uplift Black parents and families and improve their life outcomes.

Learn the policy implications of the research and action items that will address the needs of Black families who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and racial trauma.


  • Iheoma U. Iruka, co-founder of the RISER Network, Fellow, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), and Research Professor, Department of Public Policy, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Stephanie C. Curenton, co-founder of the RISER Network and Associate Professor, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, Boston University
  • Cemeré James, Interim President and CEO, National Black Child Development Institute
  • Kim Keating, ZERO TO THREE, Senior Policy Research Analyst
  • Cheri Reaves, Principal Consultant, POINTS of ACCESS






June 17
1:00 pm