Indies UNITE! Panel—Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults

Upcoming Event
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 4:00pm

What’s harder than parenting? Parenting during a pandemic!

Indies UNITE! proudly presents Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults: Giving Kids the Tools to Thrive, the second in a series of virtual panels designed to tackle tough topics being faced in real time.

Join us on Saturday, February 27th at 4:00 as we welcome panelists: Janice Johnson Dias, Jessica Curry with special guest Parker Curry, and Michael Genhart, moderated by Mercedes Samudio, for a discussion on how to support and empower kids, and help them develop resilience even when facing extreme challenges from the outside world.

Indies UNITE! Is a group of independent bookstores working together to put on a series of hard hitting virtual events that challenge the status quo, question our current standards, and leave no curiosity left unexplored.


Dr. Janice Johnson Dias is a tenured associate professor of sociology at John Jay College in New York City. She is co-founder and president of the public health and social action organization GrassROOTS Community Foundation and its SuperCamp for girls. She holds a PhD in sociology from Temple University. Her collaborative work on black girls’ mental, sexual, and physical health issues earned her a special Congressional recognition and grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey Foundations. Her work on the effects of safety on girls’ physical activity in low-income neighborhoods led her to serve as an advisor to The City of Newark where she focused on violence as a public health issue. Born in Jamaica, Janice moved to the United States at age twelve and now lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott and daughter, Marley.

Jessica Curry is a New York Times bestselling author, writer, work-at-home full-time mother to Parker, Ava, and Cash. Her blog, Happy Mama Happy Babies, is a motherhood and lifestyle blog that chronicles their adventures. She and her family live in Washington, DC.

Parker Curry is five years old and a full-time kindergarten student. She is precocious and talkative with a love for ballet and books. She lives with her mother, father, and younger sister and brother in Washington, DC.

Michael Genhart, PhD has been a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco for thirty years. In his clinical work he sees children, teens, adults, and couples, specializing in helping the LGBTQ+ community. He is also the author of numerous picture books for children focusing on topics such as bullying, compassion, uniqueness, friendship, and LGBTQ+ and multicultural families. He lives with his husband in Marin County, CA. They are the proud parents of a daughter (now 25!) who teaches marine science to K-5 students. You can read more about his books at

Mercedes Samudio (moderator), LCSW is a parent coach, speaker, bestselling author, and founder of the Diversity in Parenting, Inc. who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships. Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting – using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame. You can read more about her parenting expertise at

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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment (A Parker Curry Book) By Parker Curry, Jessica Curry, Brittany Jackson (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534451865
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - October 15th, 2019

Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls By Janice Johnson Dias, PhD, Jacqueline Woodson (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984819628
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways By Michael Genhart, Viviana Garofoli (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Genhart, Viviana Garofoli (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781433819629
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Magination Press - September 22nd, 2015

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