Education Speaker Series - ESS: Discounted Membership
Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D
Dr. Briscoe-Smith is a child psychologist who specializes in exactly this question. The urgency and frequency of the requests she’s getting from parents to address this question are unparalleled in her career. From “How can I be anti-racist?” to “How do I explain what’s going on to my child?” the questions are important and daunting. Perhaps more important than her role as a child psychologist is her role as a mother of three Black, mixed-race children. She, too, is seeking the very same answers. The good news is that there are many wonderful resources. Tons of ways of learning, engaging and getting help. But- we are all suffering from resource overload as well. Dr. Briscoe-Smith will try to unravel it for you.
Dr. Briscoe-Smith earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She then received her clinical psychology Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. She then went on to continue her specialization in trauma and ethnic minority mental health through internship and postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care. Much of her work has been with schools, as a clinician, consultant, and trainer. Currently, she is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute where she is a professor. She provides consultation and training to bay area nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.
Ron Lieber, New York Times Money Columnist
Who pays what and why for college, and how did the discounting system -- merit aid in particular -- become so confusing and opaque? And once we figure out what it might actually cost, how do we figure out which experiences are worth paying for? Ron Lieber has spent many years in the trenches doing consumer and personal finance reporting for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and in this talk, he'll introduce you to the pointed questions he's been asking of our nation's undergraduate institutions -- and help you figure out answers that fit your own family.
Ron Lieber is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, which was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller when it was released in 2015. “The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make,” was published by HarperCollins in January 2021.
Mike Robbins, author and leadership expert
Natasha Singh, Sexual Literacy Educator
Sexual literacy educator Natasha Singh (M.Ed) will share effective frameworks and strategies that can help parents open up the lines of communication about sexuality and keep them open. Topics addressed will include how to talk to your child about sexual ethics, consent, pleasure, pornography, agency, gender, and decision-making.
Natasha Singh has worked in education for over twenty years and holds a few degrees, including an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality. She has taught at Rutgers University, the Collegiate School for Boys, and the Branson School before embarking on the kind of teaching she felt students really needed: the kind that could foster sexual ethics and sexual citizenship. When not teaching, Ms. Singh is deeply involved in communities and organizations striving to foster a world free of violence and injustice. She co-chaired the Board of Center for Domestic Peace, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence in Marin and beyond.
Lisa Damour, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled, returns with an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college. Damour details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold and offers critical coping strategies that will help parents to reduce their daughters’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects girls and young women.
Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves on the Advisory Board for Parents magazine. Dr. Damour also maintains a private practice and consults and speaks internationally.