Thursday, May 1, 2008: Multiracial Forum

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Focus on Transracial/Ethnic Adoption


Chair: Walter Kawamoto




Tamara Cheshire  

Tamara Cheshire is an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at Sacramento City College , Cosumnes River College and California State University , Sacramento . 


Her published master’s thesis was on Cultural Transmission in Urban American Indian Families, focusing on the relationship between the mother and preadolescent child as well as identity development and cultural retention. 


She has many publications including editing a self published service learning project entitled American Indian Resources in California.  Research for this handbook was done by her students in the Native American Studies course offered at Sacramento City College .  Recently, she was asked to be a guest reviewer for the Sociological Quarterly where she reviewed the article, Investigating Whether and When Ethnic/Race Socialization Improves Academic Performance.


Cheryl L. Roberts

Cheryle L. Roberts, LCSW was born and raised in Sacramento , CA . She attended UC Berkeley and graduated in 1991 with a BA in Psychology and the University of Chicago where she graduated in 1994 with an MSW. She received her LCSW in October of 1997.


Cheryle has worked for the past 13 years since Sept. 1994 at Lilliput Children's Services a private non-profit foster treatment and adoption agency in Sacramento . She has had the positions of social worker and social work supervisor and is currently Program Director.


Cheryle was instrumental is starting and continues to lead a transracial support group called " It Takes a Village" for Caucasian parents who have adopted Latino or African American Children. This group started in 1998 and continues to meet monthly in the Sacramento Lilliput offices.


Cheryle enjoys spending time with her family and 15 month old daughter and being active in community service with her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Sacramento Alumnae Chapter.


Susan Lamb Cook

Susan Lamb Cook, UC Davis Faculty Affiliate in Cello and Chamber Music,is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera Orchestra and the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra.  She has performed as soloist as well as chamber musician in Austria , Italy , Germany , Hungary , Egypt and the United States , and holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna , Austria .  As member of

the Gold Coast Trio, she has served as artist-in-residence for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt , Austria , and will travel to China in the spring of 2008 for a residency at Xiamen University .  Her recordings include Works for Cello and Piano by Rachmaninoff, The Gold Coast Trio – Works by Beethoven, Beach, Bernstein and Piazolla, and her solo and chamber

music recitals have been broadcast on Capitol Public Radio. 


In 1997, Susan and her husband, Dennis made the decision to begin their family through adoption by welcoming George (8), Celene (7), Danny (5)  and Angelo (4) into their home.  Susan and Dennis have remained closely associated with Sierra Adoption Services; Dennis has served on the board and Susan has spoken at many SAS functions about their experience with

interracial adoption.  




Japanese American Citizens League, Florin Chapter

PO Box 292634, Sacramento, CA  95829-2634