Institute News and Updates


We wish to share with you information about the Institute's research and activities.  Included below you will find links to various texts, videos, and sites, including our annual newsletters, which summarize the previous year's achievements.



Dr. Helms Receives 2017 Human Rights Award

Dr. Janet E. Helms was honored by the Newton Human Rights Commission for having demonstrated exceptional dedication to the issue of human rights in the community.  The award was presented by Mayor Setti D. Warren in a public ceremony honoring those who have demonstrated consistent, ongoing work in the field of human rights.  Dr. Helms was nominated by Newton Police Officer, Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker.




Insights from Dr. Janet E. Helms

An Election to Save White Heterosexual Male Privilege

White heterosexual male privilege (WHMP) fought for and won the election of 2016. WHMP is buttressed by racism, but is not racism. Racism and ethnoviolence are longstanding tools for maintaining WHMP, but in this election era, misogyny and anti-femininity, Islamophobia, homophobia, and Antisemitism became additional tools—but they too are not WHMP.

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Or view as published in Latina/o Psychology Today (LPT)



ISPRC Newsletters

Each year we summarize the research and activities of the Institute.  We invite you to view current and past accomplishments.



Having witnessed multiple police killings of Black men and women either directly or vicariously through media accounts, communities of Color may experience post-trauma symptoms.  ISPRC has released a toolkit for managing symptoms at #racialtraumaisreal.

#racialtraumaisreal is available to download

Use the following reference when citing this document:

Jernigan, M. M., Green, C. E., Perez-Gualdron, Liu, M. M, Henze, K. T., Chen, C….Helms, J. E. (2015).#racialtraumaisreal. Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Chestnut Hill, MA. Retrieved from: /schools/lsoe/isprc/manuscript415.html

Read about the ISPRC-referenced toolkit in Ebony's recent article "With Black Pain Going Viral, How Do We Treat Our Collective Trauma?"



Racial Trauma Is Real

Dr. Janet Helms recently presented at Boston College's Lunch and Learn Series.  Hosted by the Office for Institutional Diversity, these talks are given with the purpose of initiating conversations related to diversity in an informal, safe environment for faculty and staff.  The title of her talk, "Having a Conversation about Racial Trauma," used racial identity models to understand one's reaction to racial trauma.  The variety of acts of violence against people of color and/or immigrant status in our society causes one to wonder how to recognize traumatic reactions and have or not have conversations about race.  Her presentation, Racial Trauma, is now available.  Further information including Racism Recovery Steps and the #racialtraumaisreal Toolkit are also available.



Janet E. Helms, PhD,  is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award.  The award was created to benefit current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their students to create an organization which has benefitted the community at large.  Read more about this national honor.




Dr. Janet E. Helms was cited as a witness against the inappropriate use of promotional tests in the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Ricci v. DeStafano.


Racial Identity Scales

Are you interested in using one or more of Dr. Helms' Racial Identity Scales?  View the new Racial Identity Scales Catalog.  Visit the newly organized Huentity website for more information about Racial Identity Scales.

 Racial Identity Theory

  • Revision and norming of Black Racial Identity and White Racial Identity Scales.
  • Development of People of Color Racial Identity Scale
  • Racial Identity group interactions
  • Strategies for assessing Racial Identity

A Race is a Nice Thing to Have

Dr. Janet E. Helms' book has become a must for all of us. Insightful, powerful, and to the point. The book is enriched with many practical exercises leading to insight and meaningful class discussions.  Purchase Dr. Helms' book:  A Race in a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life