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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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ISPRC Newsletter - 2013/2014

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


Diversity Challenge - October 24-25, 2014

14th Annual Diversity Challenge: Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan


Diversity Challenge 2014

This year's Diversity Challenge focused on theory, research, assessment, interventions, and social policies that move beyond descriptive studies or projects that merely compare racial and ethnic groups to approaches that more fully consider the complexity of race, ethnicity, and/or immigrant status relevant to the experiences of discrimination.  We hosted presentations that address such issues across the lifespan and focus on specific age groups, such as children, adolescents and adults of all ages.  Other presentations outlined systemic approaches to these concerns, which may include preventive strategies, school interventions, and agency collaborations focusing on life experiences of racism and discrimination, and cultural attributes, such as resilience.  Moreover, analogous experiences of discrimination occur in countries around the globe; therefore, we have welcomed presentations that examine the role of discrimination on the well-being of people internationally.

Take a look at our Program Abstract listing summaries of the presentations at Diversity Challenge 2014.




Haiti Legacy Project


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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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.