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Current Projects

EMBRace: Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race

While pedagogical theories are often focused on youth education, the current project focuses on strengthening the education of caregivers regarding their socialization methods of their adolescent children regarding race. EMBRace, or Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race, is a 4-session intervention designed to reduce racial stress and trauma for both parent and youth within the racial socialization process.

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Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth (PLAAY), a program developed for youth and parents, provides strategies for managing stress during intense face-to-face conflicts so they can perform better in the classroom and in neighborhoods.

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Teacher Professional Development

The Teacher Professional Development program by the R­acial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) seeks to increase racial literacy—the ability to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful social interactions—of teachers and school leaders. At REC, we view the ability to cope with racial stress as a matter of skill, not character or morality. 

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The school-to-prison pipeline is a sad reality for students of color in schools in the United States. It is not a random occurrence, but a systematic tool of systemic oppression, one that has deep roots in the racial history of this country and encourages the disproportionate tracking and incarceration of Black and Brown children and adults. Educators can provide a great deal of protection for their students through their beliefs and practice.  

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Race, Science, and Media

In the United States, race is often considered taboo to talk about and, thus, is often avoided when brought up in conversation. However, racial moments are always happening, as part of all of our personal experiences, and within everything we consume through the media. Unfortunately, the stigma of talking about race leaves many people unable to have meaningful discussions that allow them to clearly and honestly express themselves and resolve racial stress. In schools, this is a particularly troublesome concern; racial stress can cause unhealthy relationships between teachers and students (and between students).  

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