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We're Not OK: A Community of Healing

Ep11: Telling Your Story
00:00 / 40:59

Hosts Justin Stewart and Dr. Antija Allen are joined by Dr. Howard Stevenson--a professor, researcher, activist, and top university-based scholar.

Key Episode Topics:
- The Racial Empowerment Collaborative
- Racial literacy-based interventions
- Helping children, families, and professionals confront microaggressions and heal from racial hate.


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, since 1990. He directs the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, a center that unites community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to promote racial literacy and health in families, schools and neighborhoods.  From 2015-2021, he was the Co-Director of Forward Promise, a national philanthropy office via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund community organizations that use culture to help families of color heal, grow, and thrive above the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization.

Dr. Stevenson has won National Institutes of Health research awards to study how racial socialization buffers racial stress and trauma and how racial literacy-based interventions like SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project and PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) that improve health outcomes for youth and professionals. He was recognized in October 2023 by "Word in Black," an online news source for Black people, as one of the top 10 "Black Activists Who Changed the Mental Health Industry" based on his PLAAY Project.

In 2020, he received the Gittler Prize, by Brandeis University, for outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations. In 2021, Dr. Stevenson was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education (NAED) that advances high quality education research on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. From 2019-2024, Dr. Stevenson was listed in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings of the top university-based scholars who impacted the most to shape educational practice and policy in the U.S.

Dr. Stevenson’s research, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, examines the utility of cultural strengths and emotion regulation to reduce emotional overload, increase coping agency, and use their voice--all to prevent long-term health detriment.  We help children, families, and professionals confront microaggressions and heal from racial hate.

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