Making a Lasting Impact for Our Children: Are Your Good Intentions Enough?
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/23/2020 to 11/20/2020
When: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020
10 a.m. - 12 p.m
Where: Zoom
United States

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Making a Lasting Impact for Our Children: Are Your Good Intentions Enough?

8 hrs. NLS (Did you know? Of the 36 CLE hours required in your three-year cycle, up to 12 hours may com from non-legal subject (NLS) courses like this!)


Presented by Interrupting Racism for Children (IRFC), Child Advocates, in partnership with the ISBA Diversity Committee
Each Friday at 10 a.m., Oct. 23 – Nov. 20
“Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.” – Ruby Bridges

About the event

Interrupting Racism for Children (IRFC) educates and moves individuals to action to stop racism in its tracks, creating a future where children thrive and race does not predict their life outcomes.

This Interrupting Racism For Children interactive workshop is presented in a five week series. The first session in the series will meet for 2 hours with the 4 remaining sessions meeting for 90 minutes.  

Participants leave the workshop with a greater sense of their own power and tools on how to interrupt the key elements designed to keep racism in place. Interrupting Racism for Children will address the insidious nature of racism and its impact on the entirety of our community. With a facilitation of exercises aimed at calling in our collective voices and thoughts, we’ll provide tools to Interrupt Practices that result in institutionalized racist outcomes. Techniques given to interrupt racism include: 

  • Working with strategic principles 
  • Effective cross-racial communication
  • Building authentic relationships
  • Understanding socialization
  • Recognizing points of power to advance change 

It’s not enough to know the who, what or why of racism. We must understand how we are all contributing to keep racism alive and well today.

Program dates

  • Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Friday, November 06, 2020 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Friday, November 13, 2020 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 am to 11:30 am

This program is designed as a unified series, each session building upon the previous session’s discussion. Participants are asked to commit to attending the entirety of each session.

Participants of this program will form a cohort with the option to continue the discussion after the program ends. 

Who might enjoy this 

These sessions are designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to feel, heal, and grow as they learn to confront and interrupt racism.


  • Members $100
  • Non-Members $150

Pricing covers all five sessions. 

A number of scholarships are available to those who work for non-profit, government, educational institutions, and solo-small firm practitioners, as well as members of the Young Lawyers Section and new admittees.

Click here to submit an application (application deadline Oct. 14, 2020). 

Presentation Team

Jill English, Director of Interruption Racism For Children Program
Jill L. English is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of DePauw University, where she was the founding president of the first chartered historically black Greek organization at the institution. She began working with abused and neglected children in the 1990s and served in various roles, advocating for the needs of children and families, training foster parents and addressing the needs of traumatized youth, with a focus on understanding diversity and the impact of trauma. In recent years Jill trained Court Appointed Special Advocates on cultural sensitivity and served as a guardian ad litem for Marion county youth before transitioning to her role as Director of the Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. Jill is a facilitator for Spirit and Place’s Powerful Conversations on Race, Soul Focused Group and Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. She has been a guest speaker on the impact of racism on our children and community for several organizations, including the Indiana CASA and Indiana Juvenile Judicial conferences.  Jill is the co-chair of the Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence Committee for the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana and trains individuals on facilitating difficult conversations. She is the proud mother of two amazing daughters, Ariel and Alexis Cheatham.

Annie Hosteller, Program Coordinator 
Annie Hostetter is a coordinator and facilitator for Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. She has been doing antiracist organizing for over fifteen years  post-Katrina New Orleans, the mountains of North Carolina, Tanzania, and Vermont before returning to her native Indianapolis. She received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Politics and Policy from Beloit College and a master’s degree in Sustainable Community Development from SIT Graduate Institute. Annie is core member of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Indianapolis and is committed to building the world that our children deserve to live in.

Arlene Coleman, Program Coordinator
Arlene Coleman is a native of Indianapolis, IN and serves as a Coordinator for Interrupting Racism For Children at Child Advocates. Arlene retired from Ivy Tech Community College’s School of Education Department where she served as an Associate Professor.  Dr. Coleman spent thirty one years as a secondary teacher and administrator in the public school system.  Arlene has dedicated her life’s work to social/racial justice work. Her community engagement includes: St. Luke's United Methodist Church Racial Justice Committee Member, Indiana Lynching Project Co Chair, past Spirit and Place Community Conversations on Race Facilitator, NAACP - Life Member, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Member, Association for the Study of Africa American Life and History (ASALH) National Conference Volunteer and Interrupting Racism for Children facilitator.  Throughout her educational career she has received numerous awards and recognitions.  Arlene is the proud mother of two daughters and three granddaughters.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and traveling.

Ruthie Purcell-Jones, IRFC Facilitator
Ruth Purcell-Jones is a developer of organizations, teams, boards and people. She has worked as a consultant, coach, connector and facilitator for over 25 years. Her clients appreciate her experience in leadership, personal and program development, coalition-building and governance. She is a frequent trainer for Child Advocates’ Interrupting Racism workshops and is currently serving as Executive Director of the Arthur Dean Foundation.   A life-long resident of Indianapolis, Ruthie has held program, management and leadership positions in various organizational settings including community foundation, county government, child welfare and community leadership in addition to continuing an active consulting practice.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a law degree and cherishes her time with her husband and four grown children.