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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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Diversity Challenge - October 23-24, 2015

15th Annual Diversity Challenge: Race, Culture, and Social Justice


Diversity Challenge 2015

What is social justice with respect to race and ethnic culture? It is easier to say what social justice is not than it is to say what social justice is because it seems like social injustice is much more visible wherever one looks than is social justice.  Racial and ethnic injustice comes in many forms and touches various aspects of people‚Äôs lives.  Sometimes social injustice stimulates massive street protests of police killings of unarmed citizens of Color, or it shows up as a prison system that incarcerates African Americans at nearly six times the rate of Whites, or as terrorists who abduct hundreds of African school girls with no consequences.  Sometimes social injustice appears as an educational system that relegates people of Color and/or minority ethnic cultures to second rate educations or forbids girls of Color to obtain an education.  Sometimes social injustice is retaliating against religious adherents for hate crimes they did not commit.  Sometimes social injustice is not having enough food to eat or a safe place to sleep.  Social justice should promote the well-being of all individuals and communities in society and, thereby, end social injustices in whatever form that they appear.

We invite proposals from any discipline that addresses some aspect of treating, teaching, studying, or intervening to understand or promote social justice among individuals, communities, or systems.  Presentations should focus on developments in research, professional practice, education, community activities, and activism pertaining to race or ethnic culture and social justice.  Creative conceptual papers and models are encouraged.  Our goal is to stimulate dialogue and action with respect to racial or cultural factors and social justice. Thus, strongest consideration will be given to proposals that focus directly on the 2015 Diversity Challenge theme, Race, Culture, and Social Justice.

View our complete Call for Proposals for a detailed description on this year's Diversity Challenge theme, presentation formats, and submission options.

You may submit a proposal by using our convenient online proposal form, by email, or by mailing your proposal submission to ISPRC. 






ISPRC Newsletter

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.