TRJ Explores Multiracial Family Dynamics

Toward Racial Justice explores multiracial family dynamics Thursday, March 18 at 7pm on WITF’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

55% of multiracial adults say they have been subjected to racial slurs or jokes. However, with our nation becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, understanding family dynamics and cultural identification and acceptance is more important than ever before.

Join us as we explore many of the dynamics within multiracial families. We’ll also look at the differences that multiracial families experience with self-esteem and how having multiple ethnic backgrounds can impact self-identity.

Panelists include:

Dr. Cathy ColemanDr. Cathy Coleman — Mental Health Therapist, Founder and CEO of Smart Choice Training Institute, View her bio


Dr. Jean Corey — Professor of English and Director of the Center of Public Humanities at Messiah College

Cynthia Daniels headshotCynthia Daniels — Associate Director, The Office of Multicultural Recruitment and Community Affairs, Penn State University, View her bio

Jackie Wilson headshotDr. Jackie Wilson — CEO, Trac Services for Families, View her bio


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Thursday, March 18 at 7pm Streamed LIVE on WITF’s YouTube Channel

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

Our goal is to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
  • Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
  • Stephanie A. Jirard — Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Delma Rivera-Lytle — Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District
  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member

The entire conversation will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit to watch past conversations and find additional resources.

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