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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 24-25, 2014

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


Diversity Challenge 2014

This year's Diversity Challenge focuses 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 welcome proposals that address such issues across the lifespan and focus on specific age groups, such as children, adolescents and adults of all ages.  We also encourage proposals outlining 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 welcome proposals that examine the role of discrimination on the well-being of people internationally.

Please view our Call for Proposals for a full descriiption of this year's conference focus.  For information on submitting a proposal, please view our Proposal Submission page.






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


Learn more about some of the Institute's current projects, events, and initiatives by reading our current newsletter.  We are particularly proud of our advocacy program at the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, MA.  This program matched BC Master's in Mental Health Counseling students with high school students to help provide each student with a voice and to help them to identity barriers to their success  This is the third year of our successful program; read more about it on page 3 of our newsletter.


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.