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Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture


The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) was founded in 2000 at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts associated with race or culture in theory and research, mental health practice, education, business, and society at large.




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October 28-29, 2016


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Racial Trauma is Real

Boston College - Lunch and Learn Series:  "Racial Trauma"

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.



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#racialtraumaisreal Toolkit

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


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 Race, Culture, and Social Justice


View the 2015 Diversity Challenge  Conference Review

Now Available:  Diversity Challenge Abstracts

ISPRC Newsletter 2014-2015

Please view the latest edition of the ISPRC Newsletter, outlining our current research, past Diversity Challenge, and Institute news and updates.




Dr. Janet E. Helms receives Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award

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.

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award

Institute Updates


Supreme Court Ruling

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.

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Haiti Legacy Project


The legacy of Haiti should never be forgotten and must live on from generation to generation. This website seeks to ensure that the history of Haiti lives through time and the legacy is documented for generations to admire.

We invite you to view the Haiti Legacy Project website.