Improving race research standards topic of Multicultural Symposium April 7

Howard University Professor Ivory Toldson will stress the importance of protecting the integrity of research on race during the 33rd Annual Multicultural Symposium on April 7 at the University of South Carolina.

Toldson’s talk, titled “The Happy Bell Curve: How Misguided Research on Race and Achievement is Duping Black Progressives and Liberal Americans into Accepting Black Inferiority,” will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 112 of Sloan College, 911 Pickens St. It is free and open to the public.

The former director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a prolific scholar on race, education and achievement, Toldson says he will challenge symposium attendees to adhere to higher standards when researching issues of race and gender. It is important that researchers understand how to present and interpret findings in a manner that represents communities as many deeply flawed studies often gain media attention and shape attitudes about students of color.

The Multicultural Symposium is sponsored by the Black Psychology Graduate Student Association and the College of Arts and Sciences’ psychology department.

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