Race Conversations at Camp


The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others are forcing the country to reconcile with the injustices that plague our systems. As camp professionals, it’s our job to give campers a place to talk about how racism affects their lives.   

ACA in partnership with Teaching Matters, is offering an exciting webinar for camp educators to discuss how to talk about racism in the camp setting. 

A camp's job is to teach and to help young people make sense of the world around them. Counselors and camp professionals must enable campers to become critical thinkers and leaders who can understand different perspectives with empathy. This is more important than ever. Talking about race with children is an essential component of summer and year-round camp programming. This webinar will consider the following steps: 

  • Take Inventory of Your Own Biases
  • Tailor Conversations to Age and Grade Level
  • Integrate Race and Culture into Curriculum

Whether your camp is already committed to creating an environment that’s conducive to meaningful and productive conversations about race, or just getting started, this webinar has something for everyone!   

Thanks to our sponsor, Redwoods.


Lance Ozier and Chanika Perry


$20 Member; $40 Nonmember

Presenter Bio(s)

Dr. Lance Ozier has over 20 years in the fields of youth development and education. A certified teacher, Lance began teaching first grade in Atlanta public schools before working in middle and high schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He also spent 15 years on the staff of Project Morry, a nationally recognized not-for-profit summer camp and youth development organization.

Dr. Ozier earned his MA in sociology and education policy, as well as his EdM and EdD in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since 2017, Dr. Ozier has taught courses in the CUNY Youth Studies Program, and he has been on the faculty of CCNY since 2009. He's also been an instructor at Teachers College and Bank Street College of Education.

Dr. Chanika R. Perry has been working in the fields of youth development and education since 2000, becoming a certified English teacher in 2004. Throughout her career thus far, she has occupied a variety of positions ranging from a camp counselor and IB English Literature teacher to a high school principal. After 11 years working in the New York City Department of Education, Chanika returned to Georgia in 2015 as a high school administrator serving Atlanta Public School students and families. She now serves metro Atlanta as the Director of Education Programs with Hands On Atlanta.

A proud, unapologetic nerd, Chanika has five degrees: a BA in English Literature from her beloved alma mater, Agnes Scott College; an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University; and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. She also worked at Project Morry for nearly a decade.