459: Understanding Bias, Identity, Privilege and Transracial Adoption With Liz Kleinrock

Today's interview is with Liz Kleinrock. Liz is an anti-bias educator and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. A transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in Washington, DC. and for the past ten years, she has been developing anti-bias and anti-racism work with youth of all ages. Despite her years of experience, she sees educating herself on these issues as a spectrum with no end, and she is constantly seeking to improve and deepen her own understanding. 

She started her Instagram in the fall of 2017 because she was looking for a way organize her anti-bias work and equity work with students, and figured she should create a separate space away from her personal account. In less than two years, she has built an incredible community and audience of educators, students, parents, and family members. All this led to her being awarded with the Teaching Tolerance's Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2019 her TED Talk, "How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics." amassed well over a million views.

In our interview, we talk about:

  • Liz's work around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Her identity as a transracial adoptee
  • Why she wants her work to expand beyond the classroom AND
  • Many more intersectional and fun things

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