Behind the Journey
My Racial Journey is a 10-week, guided curriculum aimed at helping us challenge the the ways we participate – often unknowingly – in racism by developing basic knowledge and skills about race.
It was developed to be a self-guided tool that applies to all educators, professionals, and students who interact with children. From lawyers to pediatricians, Pre-K teachers to social workers, My Racial Journey provides a framework for others to learn how to develop racial literacy so that they can better serve children. It focuses on four key elements of racial literacy: Racial Humility, Racial Knowledge, Racial Communication, and Racial Beliefs
The curriculum was designed by Dr. Shannon Wanless, director of the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh and faculty in the School of Education, Dr. Aisha White and Medina Jackson, MSW, who run the P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) Program, and Adam Flango, Communications Manager at the Office of Child Development.
Focus on Anti-Black Racism
P.R.I.D.E.’s focus is on the development of young Black children, which is why My Racial Journey focuses on anti-Black racism. We recognize that other types of racism and other -isms affect children as well.