Presented by Ben's Bells!

Social Justice Parenting with Mako Fitts Ward


Part of Kindndess A to Z: An Arizona Speaker Series, Presented by Ben’s Bells!

In the daily grind of parenting, we often don’t think about the influence we have in shaping the minds and future contributions of our children as citizens of the world. From “conscious parenting” to everyday acts of kindness, we have the responsibility to give our children the skills to navigate our multicultural, intersectional communities in ways that promote acceptance over intolerance.

As an educator and social justice advocate, Mako Fitts Ward will discuss her journey into motherhood and the challenges of applying ethics of justice, kindness, equality and integrity into parenting, especially in these contentious political and cultural times. Through the development of what she calls the “Social Justice Parenting Toolkit,” Mako will energize our community around the power of parenting and how teaching kindness and awareness to our children are radical acts of social transformation.

Mako Fitts Ward, Ph.D., is an educator, writer, facilitator, and social justice advocate with over 15 years of experience teaching core principles of justice and social change to college students and advocating for racial and gender equality in communities around the country. She teaches in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her teaching and research focus on intersectional, feminist analyses of popular culture, specifically urban youth cultures and their impact on contemporary social justice movements. She is the co-founder of Women Who Rock, a digital archive project at the University of Washington and collective of musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, scholars, and activists committed to documenting the role of women in popular music and the formation of cultural scenes and social justice movements. Mako has been a contributing blogger for Ms. and has published popular and scholarly essays on body ethics and aesthetics among women of color, media and gender images, popular culture, and women’s political organizing.