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Dr. Jason Okonofua will be part of the practitioner and expert roundtable at our upcoming mind science conference June 22-23 in Oakland. The roundtable participants will discuss explicit and implicit biases, grounding language, and interplay between mind science and white supremacy, what practical steps they’ve found to be working, if anything at all. Nancy Dome of Epoch Education will facilitate the roundtable, which will also include Prof. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton of UC Berkeley, and Arlene Mayerson of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF).
Fighting Racism and Other Forms Of Bias: What’s Working!?
June 22-23, 2018
Oakland Marriott City Center
This conference is made possible through generous grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Henry L. Hecht Family Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, and Open Society Foundations.
Education Week recently covered Jason’s new project with a school district of Philadelphia: “Phila. Schools Take a Systematic Route to Better Discipline“.
Dr. Jason Okonofua is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his PhD at Stanford University under the guidance of Jennifer Eberhardt, Gregory Walton, and Carol Dweck. Jason’s research program examines social-psychological processes that contribute to inequality.
One context in which he has examined these processes is that of teacher-student relationships and race disparities in disciplinary action. His research emphasizes the on-going interplay between psychological/mindset processes that originate among teachers (how stereotyping can influence discipline) and students (how apprehension to bias can incite misbehavior) to examine causes for disproportionate discipline according to race. He also designs and tests large-scale psychological interventions for school principals, jails, prisons, and court departments (e.g., probation offices, parole offices).
His research has been published in top journals, including Psychological Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work has been funded by Google, the Tides Foundation, Character Lab, and the Bureau for Justice Statistics. It has been featured on a variety of popular media outlets, including National Public Radio, New York Times, MSNBC, Reuters, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Wall Street Journal, and Education Week.