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OU Education Professor Invited to Present Research at White House Workshop on Advancing Understanding of Hate and Bias-Related Incidents


OU Education Professor Invited to Present Research at White House Workshop on Advancing Understanding of Hate and Bias-Related Incidents



June 24, 2024

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Kaleb Briscoe, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, was recently invited to the White House for a workshop to present her research and speak in a panel discussion. The event included dozens of experts, policymakers and legislators discussing issues surrounding racially charged hate crimes.

The workshop was organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Security Council and the Domestic Policy Council, with support and leadership from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Institutes of Health, and was conducted in response to the administration’s goal to “improve awareness of hate and bias-related incidents experienced by a diverse array of communities across the country.” Over two days, the workshop covered four broad themes, with Briscoe speaking on the topic of recognizing and advancing emerging themes in bias and discrimination.

Kaleb Briscoe, Ph.D..

Briscoe provided a nuanced view of the effort to ensure the safety of Black students across the country against what she coined “racialized incidents,” as well as the growing rate of hate crimes on college campuses in recent years – 59.1% of hate crimes committed in 2022 were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The workshop included experts describing research related to communities, youth, criminal justice, and campus constituents, to name a few. “You saw depth and breadth across studies and presentations,” said Briscoe. “You saw different people use different methodological and theoretical techniques or speak on different issues. It really gave you a big picture understanding of what is happening nationally surrounding procedures and policies of hate crimes.”

“I appreciated that the United States government wants to move the needle on the issues of race and racism,” she added. “These discussions on a national level and among campus leaders are necessary to enact change and move us to a better place.”

Briscoe is a leading expert in her field and has received funding to support her research from the Spencer Foundation, NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and ACPA–College Student Educators International. Briscoe's research on racialized incidents and hate crimes can be found in the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Kaleb Briscoe, Ph.D., at the White House next to a sign that reads "The White House, Advancing Understanding of Hate and Bias-Related Incidents, May 29-30, 2024."
Kaleb Briscoe, Ph.D., at the Advancing Understanding of Hate and Bias-Related Incidents workshop.

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