Racial Socialization Through Forward Promise with Dr. Howard C. Stevenson and Rhonda Bryant





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Streamed live on May 2, 2017

This episode is dedicated to Jordan Edwards. He was 15-years-old and killed in Texas after a police officer opened fire on a car in which he was riding in, according to Dallas attorney Lee Merritt. Jordan was a freshman at Mesquite High School and was a “straight-A student” who was active in sports.

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Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects (http://forwardpromise.org/) will support organizations that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma to boys and young men of color ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow, and thrive.

Through this initiative, Forward Promise will support up to nine organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide programming for boys and young men of color; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies for boys and young men of color.

Selected grantees will receive a grant of up to $150,000 or $450,000 in total over two years. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, followed by site visits in the Summer. Awards will be announced later in the Fall.

Complete information about the CFP and how to apply is also available at www.rwjf.org/cfp/fwp3. The deadline for submitting brief proposals is May 2, 2017 at 3:00pm EST.


About Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D.

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at Penn, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, and justice institutions.

Dr. Stevenson 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. He is the father of two sons, Bryan and Julian.

About Rhonda Bryant
Deputy Director

Ms. Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant is President/CEO at The Moriah Group, an international consulting firm, based in Huntsville, Alabama. Ms. Bryant has over 20 years of work experience focused on issues of children of color across the age span of birth to young adulthood in the areas of program development and public policy advocacy. Her expertise has been integral to advancing the national work on BMOC through her prior work with Forward Promise and other initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services, a master’s degree in Urban Affairs & Public Policy, and is completing a doctorate in Education Leadership.

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