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The ABCs of Diversity

Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace our Differences

A more just future begins with our children. As ministers, educators, and parents we shape how kids think, feel, and behave toward others. This e-course was developed by Carolyn B. Helsel and Y. Joy Harris-Smith, both mothers and educators, to help you talk to children of all ages about diversity. Topics include race, gender, class, religion, political affiliation, ability, nationality, and sexual orientation. The e-course is based on and serves as a companion to their book, The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace our Differences

There are eight modules within the ABCs of Diversity e-course. Each module contains short videos, reflection questions to help you integrate what you are learning, and additional resources to help you keep learning. Take the course on your own, with a friend, or even with a small group. 

This material is designed for youth ministers, parents, and anyone caring for children.

Available on the EBW Springs learning platform.

  • Take the e-course on your own for $35.
  • Learn with a Book Buddy for $50 for both registrations.
  • Choose Book Club group pricing options (see registration form for details).
  • For groups larger than ten participants, please contact us at

Recommended reading: The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace our Differences

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Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel is Associate Professor in the Blair B. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics at Austin Seminary and a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She holds the PhD from Emory University and MDiv and ThM degrees from Princeton Seminary. Native to Texas, Helsel has been featured on Austin's NPR affiliate and in The Presbyterian Outlook, and has led workshops for the White Privilege Conference and Festival of Homiletics. She is a sought-after speaker and preacher at churches around the country. 

Dr. Y. Joy Harris-Smith has a PhD from Howard University in communication and culture and is a trained New York City special education teacher with more than seventeen years of experience teaching junior high school youth through graduate school students. Harris-Smith serves as a full-time lecturer in Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.