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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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Dr. Janet E. Helms


ISPRC will host the 17th annual Diversity Challenge October 13-14, 2017 at Boston College.  The theme for this year's Challenge is "Race, Culture, and Criminal Justice throughout the Lifespan."  

Visit our Proposal Submission page to view general proposal information, the Call for Proposals, and two ways to submit a proposal including our easy online proposal submission! 

Diversity Challenge



ISPRC / Burke School Advocacy Program

For the past seven years, the ISPRC has provided advocacy services to the students at the Jeremiah E. Burke School, a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse high school in Dorchester, MA.  Recently, Dr. Janet Helms sat with Headmaster Lindsa McIntyre and Sophomore Academy Team Leader Cheryl Windle to discuss their Grief and Bereavement Resiliency Model following the murder of one of their beloved students. We invite you to view this video.



Insights from Dr. Janet E. Helms

An Election to Save White Heterosexual Male Privilege

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)





Another Successful Challenge!  

diversity challenge 2016 - Race, Culture, and Educating Our Youths: Developing Whole People, Not Widgets

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Now Available:  Diversity Challenge Abstracts



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.



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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



ISPRC Newsletter 2015-2016

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.