“I can’t play with you because your skin is brown.”
When Caryn Park (PhD '10) heard one of her preschool students say this to his friend, she felt helpless. She knew what it felt like from her own experience as a child of color in the U.S. and knew that it wasn’t fair to have to feel that.
“I felt like I knew nothing,” Park recalled. “I felt like I had no skills with which to support these children.”
Park calls this her critical incident.