The Daily Caller News Foundation Reagan Reese on April 13, 2023
The University of Pennsylvania’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program is hosting a “radical playdate” for 5-through-9-year-olds on April 15 to explore social justice, according to the institution.
Colorful Stories, an organization that aims to educate students on social justice through books, is partnering with the university to offer two child-care sessions on “skin color exploration” and “gender identity exploration,” according to the institution. The “radical playdate” aims to teach the children a “positive sense of self and a respectful understanding of others” in order to help them “succeed in a complex and diverse world.”
“A teaching artist guides us in an interactive model of storytelling through art and writing and of course, we play,” the registration form stated. “Born out of Colorful Stories approach of using books as tools to support young children in having explicit and developmentally appropriate conversations around social justice topics.”
The child-care sessions also aim to expand the kids’ “hearts and minds through looks and exploration,” a tweet stated. Though the event is open to the community, children of parents who are attending the university’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies conference on abolition, which discusses how “queer, trans and feminist imaginations” fought for abolition, will have first priority into the “radical playdate,” the university website stated.
The university’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program aims to be an “inclusive space” that is “affirming” of all students and faculty “including trans and non-binary individuals,” the program website stated. The discipline of study additionally includes a “Center for Research in Feminist, Queer and Transgender Studies” for “learning and practice in the areas of gender and sexuality.”
Colorful Stories and the University of Pennsylvania’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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