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New Study Offers Ways to Identify and Reduce Racism in Schools

Racial biases can unconsciously shape school decisions that negatively impact minority students, but a new study co-authored by a University of Central Florida researcher offers a framework to help reduce those biases and improve student outcomes.

“It’s important because racial bias is an issue we’ve been dealing with as a nation for a very long time,” says study co-author Larry Walker, an assistant professor in UCF’s College of Community Innovation and Education. “And it’s important to provide educators with a tool to deconstruct this issue and also figure out how to address it.”

In the study, which was published in the Journal of School Health, the researchers focused on ways to reduce students’ trauma from racism in schools by identifying school-based stressors.