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Racial Justice Monthly Learning Moments

This series of ten Monthly Learning Moments (MLMs) by the Perception Institute is intended to provide you with the opportunity to think about the macro and micro dynamics that shape how our social identities affect the way we are seen and treated.

Articles

1. Welcome to Our Brains on Race
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes Perception Institute is a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, ethni...
2. What is Implicit Bias?
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  25 Minutes Whenever we talk about implicit bias, we know that we will meet with skepticism. The question may be why we are focusing on implicit bias when explicit bi...
3. What is Racial Anxiety? Talking Back to Colorblindness
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  25 Minutes One of the key takeaways from the science of implicit bias is that our brains categorize people: gender and age across the world and then according to oth...
4. What Happens When You Feel Like You are Seen Through a Lens of Stereotype? Understanding Stereotype Threat
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes Even before focusing on the research, most of us can probably think about some aspect of our social identity -- religion, race, ethnicity, gender -- th...
5. Recognizing Microaggressions in Relationships Across Lines of Difference
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes What happens when implicit biases -- those automatic stereotypes about particular groups -- turn into comments and behaviors? One description of commen...
6. Acknowledging the Assets and Contributions of All: Rejecting Deficit Framing
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes In the MLMs, we have been sharing information with you about how the inequalities in our society linked to race, ethnicity, gender, and other identity ...
7. What’s the Goal? Thinking about Equality and Equity
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes Equality feels like a positive aspiration -- we often think of our goal of being fair people as treating everyone equally. In this MLM, we invite you t...
8. Intersectionality--What It Is vs. What It’s Not
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes In 1976, a suit by Emma De-Graffenreid and several other Black women against General Motors for segregating its workforce was dismissed by the court. &...
9. Current Barriers to Educational Equity--A Look At Disproportionality in School Discipline
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes What does every young person need to be inspired?  What are the conditions in which students can best learn, ask questions, create, and ready them...
10. Navigating Identity in the 21st Century--Storytelling as the Underpinning to Difficult Conversations
By: Rachel Godsil and Aya Taveras Expected Time to Complete:  20-25 Minutes Toni Morrison said, “...Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created.”  Over the course of the last 1...