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Justice Working Group presents “Playing with Anger: Racial Literacy and Health Interventions for Black Boys and Men”

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Date: 2/22

 

Time: 4-6pm

 

Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room, The Heyman Center

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Speaker: Dr. Howard Stevenson, “Playing with Anger: Racial Literacy and Health Interventions for Black Boys and Men”

 

Description: Understanding how the unique life experiences of Black boys and men can be integrated into the intervention protocols and measurement of randomized and quasi-experimental trials is the focus of this talk. Two mental health research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health examine the benefits of racial literacy. The PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) project uses basketball and racial socialization to help youth and parents cope with stress from violence and social rejection. Dr. Stevenson also co-leads the SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers project which trains Black barbers as health educators to teach Black males ages 18–24—while they are cutting their hair—to reduce their risk of HIV/STDs and retaliation violence. Both projects are based on recast theory which suggests a moderating role of racial socialization in building racial coping confidence toward conflict resolution skills. We will discuss the challenges and ramifications culturally relevant intervention for men of color.

 

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at Penn, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, community and justice institutions. Backed by a 12 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at REC, Howard also directs Forward Promise, a national philanthropic office that promotes a culture of health for boys and young men of color, to help them heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination and colonization.

He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy for independent and public K-12 schooling, community mental health centers, teachers, police and parents. Two mental health research projects funded by National Institutes of Health examine the benefits of racial literacy. The PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) Project uses basketball and racial socialization to help youth and parents cope with stress from violence and social rejection. Dr. Stevenson also co-leads the SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project which trains Black barbers as health educators to teach Black 18-24 year old males to reduce their risk of — HIV/STDS and retaliation violence–while they are cutting hair.

His recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, is designed to reduce racial threat reactions in face-to-face encounters. Howard’s research and clinical work have been funded by W.T. Grant Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, and the National Institutes of Mental Health and Child Health and Human Development. He is the father of two sons, Bryan and Julian.

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Date:
February 22
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Venue

Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University – Second Floor Common Room
74 Morningside Drive
New York , NY 10027 United States
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