BY Basia Alicia Powell
In today’s podcast, we discussed the topic, “Raising Children Without Biases.” Is this really possible though? I like to think that I am raising my children without biases but then a huge part of my parenting involves telling them how to dress, where to socialize and more importantly how to choose their friends in order to stay out of trouble etc. As a result, when choices are involved, biases are present. Perhaps, what I am really doing as a parent is raising my children with biases , without malicious intent. Maybe..I don’t have all the answers and I am not an expert at this topic. For this reason, I called up some very qualified queens, who also happen to be amazing parents.
Biases are handed down from generation to generation. We are all raised with biases.Biases are not necessary a bad thing. It can be very effective in maintaining great morals and attaining success. However, we are not born biased. Biases that result in prejudice and discrimination are also taught by parents or relatives. This can cause tremendous pain and emotional trauma for others. It is not our right to tell people who to love or decide that they should look exactly like us. God created us differently for a reason.
Dr. Sydelle Ross – New Jersey
Dr Sydelle Ross is Trinidadian American. She is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist,(she is triple board certified) and currently practices palliative medicine in New Jersey. She is also a classically trained vocalist who uses music to care for patients living with life threatening illnesses. Dr Ross’s podcast “Prescription in Song” is dedicated to promoting awareness of the healing potential of music and is available on Apple Podcast and Spotify You can follow her on Instagram
Mrs. Maua Alleyne – Tampa Florida
Maua Mosha Alleyne, a Public Health specialist who is currently serving as a Senior Biostatistician at a pediatric hospital research department, also joins us. She is also a Tanzanian African print designer who uses her passion for African print to change the narrative about Africa. Her work is available on YouTube under “MaAfriStyles”. Follow her on Instagram.
Dr. Marie Romney- Brooklyn, NY
Marie-Laure Romney currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the #1 hospital in New York and #4 in the nation per US News. Tasked with overseeing a workforce of 1900+ employees and an operational budget of $350M+ in the aftermath of a global pandemic, Marie is focused on rebuilding employee engagement, streamlining clinical operations, and increasing outpatient volume to drive revenue recovery and growth.
Dr. Romney holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer with Lean Silver Certification, Dr. Romney enjoys leading interdisciplinary teams to drive meaningful change to help improve healthcare delivery. You can follow her on Instagram