Race & Equity

In a TEDMED talk, Stevenson says 'We need a racial literacy to decode the politics of racial threat in America'

Racial stress is more than a feeling. It's a threat to physical health.

At the latest TEDMED conference, Penn GSE's Howard Stevenson explained how "centuries of racial discrimination, dehumanization, and illness" come to threaten the lives of people of color. Stevenson, a clinical psychologist and director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, offered a path forward built on racial literacy.

New PBS documentary tells the story of HBCUs

Many Americans only know Historically Black Colleges and Universities — if they know them at all — for their energetic marching bands, or as the setting for 90s sitcom A Different World.  

That is a problem, according to Marybeth Gasman, Director of Penn GSE’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Craig Steven Wilder visits Penn GSE to discuss why colleges are still reluctant to acknowledge their ties to slavery

In recent years, students and researchers at some of the country's most prestigious universities have begun looking at those institutions' ties to slavery.

The Best Books of 2017 for Young Readers 

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Ebony Elizabeth Thomas picks the best books of 2017 for young readers

Stories help kids understand who they are and who they can be. Thomas highlights stories that deal with issues like gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic class in ways that are real and empathetic, so all students can better understand our diverse world. 


In 2017, Angie Thomas’s Southern #BlackLivesMatter novel The Hate U Give topped the New York Times Young Adult Best Seller list for 38 weeks — and offered an authentic representation of teens of color that is rarely seen in children’s literature. 


A conversation with Howard Stevenson

When he started working with children, Penn GSE’s Howard Stevenson, a clinical psychologist, would move his therapy sessions out of the office and onto the basketball court.

“The young people would often talk more during the games. It ended up being part of a model that I used later on,” Stevenson recently told the Penn Current. 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses racism, writing

Ta-Nehisi Coates was trying to explain how different audiences approach his writing, and what they seek in his detailed portrayals of the warping power of racism throughout American history.  

Former NAACP president Cornell Brooks and Provost Wendell Pritchett discuss the future of charter schools

In 2016, after the NAACP passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools, the organization began a nationwide listening tour to hear from people on all sides of the debate.

Cornell Brooks, who was then president of the NAACP, attended meetings across the country.

Stevenson discusses what’s next after Charlottesville

Confronting racism can be hard. That’s true if it’s the explicit racism seen in white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville this month or more implicit institutional racism that exists in everyday life. Because it’s hard, we have to practice, according to Penn GSE’s Howard Stevenson.

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