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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 2015 - October 23-24,2015



Announcing Diversity Challenge 2015 Invited Speakers

Yveline Alexis, Ph.D., Oberlin College, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Angela Borges, Ph.D., Simmons College, Counseling Center

Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Assistant Professor of American and Women's and Gender Studies

Crystal Emery, URU, The Right to Be, Inc., Executive Director

Chong-suk Han, Ph.D., Middlebury College, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology

Luis Rivera, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Roderick Watts, Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology

Presenters:  View your updated presentation schedule and note day/time of your session and recent edits (updated 10/1/15)

Diversity Challenge 2015:  Race, Culture, and Social Justice

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’s 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 are pleased with an overwhelming response of proposals for this year's Challenge. Judging by the many insightful and interesting proposals, our October conference will be quite an event.  To participate in this year's conference, please view the registration options.


View the 2015 Diversity Challenge Brochure



ISPRC Advisory Board

#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:


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.