Schubert Center Child Policy Director Gabriella Celeste, JD, attended Facing Race: A National Conference, presented by Race Forward, in Dallas, Texas November 14-16, 2014. Celeste participated on a panel, “Implicit bias: The state of science and moving from research to action” with Sharon Davies, JD, Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Racy and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, Cheryl Staats, Research Associate at the Kirwan Institute, Deborah Fowler, JD, Deputy Director at Texas Appleseed, and Ed Turner, Organizer with the Texas Organizing Project.
Implicit racial bias is a profound driver of racial inequity; scholars, practitioners and activists are now trying to take our understanding of implicit bias to inform interventions to support racial justice. This session introduced the latest research on implicit bias, with a focus on the pre-K to 12 school context, and presented successful models of intervention to reduce the impact of implicit bias. Celeste discussed how the Schubert Center has engaged in some of this work. Celeste’s presentation included highlights from current research on the experience of implicit bias in early childhood play; how the age of Black children is overestimated compared to White children; and how Whites tend to support more punitive criminal justice policies than Blacks. She also presented on school discipline practices that disproportionately remove non-White students from school and specific strategies for reforming public policies and improving teacher-child relationships in the classroom.