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Welcome back! For our first newsletter edition of the academic year, we are highlighting work from our department relevant to race and racial justice.
In The News
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt featured on Oprah Winfrey Network town hall on racism in America

Jennifer Eberhardt was a featured speaker in the Oprah Winfrey Network’s two-night special, OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? The special featured Oprah Winfrey in conversation with Black thought leaders, activists, and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America.
Stanford psychologist Steven Roberts identifies seven factors that contribute to American racism

Of the seven factors the researchers identified, perhaps the most insidious is passivism or passive racism, which includes an apathy toward systems of racial advantage or denial that those systems even exist. In their essay, Professor Steven Roberts and colleague Michael Rizzo amass a large body of classic and contemporary research across multiple areas of psychology, as well as the broader social sciences, and humanities, to outline these major factors.
SPARQ releases RaceWorks and other toolkits to help people teach and talk about race, policing, and social change

SPARQ's new toolkit, RaceWorks, is relevant now more than ever. Developed with Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, RaceWorks provides educators and facilitators with multimedia tools to have better informed, more meaningful conversations about race with students and coworkers. The toolkit leverages insights from research that shows how people “do race,” and how we can put this way of understanding race to work to “undo racism.” SPARQ has also curated stories, science, and solutions to help people make sense of the current moment and begin to envision a path forward on race and policing.
Spotlight
TED launches new TED Talk by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt on racial bias

Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem.
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