Samantha Siers from University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars

Episode 44: How to Raise Children Through a Lens of Social Justice with Samantha Siers

As mamás, we have been or will be having many difficult conversations with our children. Some of these conversations will be related to social justice-related issues like racism, poverty, and homelessness. In order for us to dismantle biases and prejudices, we should be mindful of what we say and what we model for our kids to ensure they are social justice-minded children.

In this week’s episode, we welcome Samantha Siers (she/her) who is a mom of two, Master’s level student at The University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, the Program and Operations Coordinator at LIFT-Chicago, the Auxiliary Board Chair for San Miguel School-Chicago and was recently selected as a 2023-2024 Obama Foundation Scholar.

Through her personal experience with teenage parenthood, Samantha is passionate about offering robust, equitable, support services to mothers of color on Chicago’s south and west sides. Her project with the Obama Foundation centers around creating a resource database that is truly reflective of the unique needs of single mothers.

Samantha discusses the importance of instilling kindness, thoughtfulness and a sense of social justice in children and shares tips for families to become agents of change.

In This Episode You Will Hear

  • Why it is important to raise justice-minded children.
  • How to raise children through a social justice lens and how to help reduce fear.
  • Age-appropriate lessons that we can teach our children and how to expose our children to normalize this process.
  • How to navigate political differences in family.

Ways to Connect with Samantha Siers and Learn About the Work She is Doing

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