Speaker Series


Tuesday, April 19, 2016


A discussion of breakthrough mind science research on racial bias, led by john a. powell, Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley. In his presentation, john explores the role that implicit bias, stereotype threat and racial anxiety play in broader society, especially in education institutions and school districts. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, facilitates a conversation with john to examine how these racial bias dynamics play out at Atlanta schools and how to address the negative impacts for children of color.

john a. powell

john a. powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. In addition, to being a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor powell holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion. He was recently the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and held the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law.

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum served as president of Spelman College from 2002-2015.  Her tenure as president was marked by a period of great innovation and growth.  Overall, scholarship support for Spelman students tripled during her tenure, and opportunities for faculty research and development expanded significantly include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. She is the author of Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race (1997) as well as Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987).  In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field.   A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.  She is also a member of the American Philosophical Society.

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