Dr. Traci Baxley is a professor, consultant, parenting coach, speaker, mother to five bi-racial children, and the creator of Social Justice Parenting. An educator for over 30 years with degrees in child development, elementary education, and curriculum and instruction, Dr. Baxley specializes in diversity and inclusion, anti-bias curriculum, and social justice education. Dr. Baxley offers an empowering, timely guide to raising anti-racist, compassionate, and socially conscious children in her new book Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World (Harper Wave).
Essential reading, Social Justice Parenting helps parents, guardians, and caretakers take inventory of their actions and beliefs, develop self-awareness and accountability, and become role models. As Dr. Baxley suggests, parenting is a form of activism and throughout the book she provides a roadmap to do the work of recognizing and reconciling your own biases. Social Justice Parenting offers the opportunity to nurture a future generation of humane, compassionate individuals.
A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Baxley’s expertise and insights have provided audiences ranging from corporations to parenting organizations and educators the actionable tools to enact change, continue important conversations, and lead by example. Dr. Baxley has been named one of the 10 Black Women Academics to Watch in 2021 by CultureHub and one of the 20 Black Motherhood Bloggers to Follow on Instagram by Parents.
Dr. Baxley lives with her husband and children in Boca Raton, FL.
Praise for Social Justice Parenting:
“Social Justice Parenting offers guidance and grace for parents who want to teach their children how to create a fair and inclusive world. Whether your family is ready to take baby steps or big steps, Traci Baxley explains how to approach tough topics in a way that is both empowering and reassuring."
--Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents Magazine
"Social Justice Parenting is a timely resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and all who care about children’s feelings, their character, and their future. In particular, Dr. Baxley's guidance on talking to kids about sexual assault is breathtakingly smart and sensible. Candid, deep, warm, and practical--this volume is a treasure."
--Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Voice Lessons for Parents
"Dr. Traci Baxley's deep understanding of development shines through in her step-by-step approach to raising compassionate, socially conscious children. Social Justice Parenting explains how parents can use their daily choices to lay the groundwork for true anti-racism and justice mindedness. This wise, informed, and relatable book is a must-read for anyone who cares about children and social justice - which should be everyone!"
--Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled and Under Pressure