Mirrors and Lenses - Unlearning Early Childhood Messages

February 2024: Mirrors and Lenses – Unlearning Early Childhood Messages


Erin Beacham (she/her/hers)
Founder, ACTivator
ACT Consulting

Perri D. Chandler
ACT Consulting

ACT Consulting


Thursday, February 29, 2024


9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (MST – Arizona)
Location: Virtual Workshop

Workshop description

We receive messages of stereotypes and assumptions at an early age from various socializers. This session will focus on what those messages are and where they came from and how they were reinforced throughout our lives. Participants will have an opportunity to identify experiences that have consciously and unconsciously shaped their identities, assumptions about other people and their worldview. Participants will also have an opportunity to reflect on how to unlearn those messages in order to reduce the impact in our workplaces, schools, communities, etc., as well as break the cycle of socialization.

Presenter Bios

Perri Chandler Diversity Speaker

Perri D. Chandler strives to create communities of respect in schools and neighborhoods through educational workshops with students, teachers/staff, parents/caregivers, and community members. The goal of the work is to create inclusive, diverse, and brave environments by naming our intersecting identities, exploring and taking ownership of our explicit and implicit biases, dismantling positive and negative stereotypes, and acknowledging all levels of power and privilege. She is a graduate of American University, a former member of VOX Teen Communications’ board of directors, a member of the redefinED board of directors, and a pop-culture enthusiast.

Erin Beacham Diversity Speaker

Erin Beacham is an independent equity, diversity and inclusion consultant and founder of ACT (Activate/Challenge/Transform) Consulting LLC. She has a proven track record of supporting the creation of equitable and brave communities. She is focused on building relationships, managing projects from concept to outcome measurements, as well as designing and adapting trainings and presentations based on the communities needs and goals. Prior to being an independent consultant, Erin worked at a civil rights organization for 7 years where she oversaw the education programs for the southern part of the U.S. as well as local policy work. Her final position before leaving to start ACT, was the Director of Education, Southern Division.

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