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UH professor to share racial bias research

The latest research and data on how Hawaii children develop racial and ethnic biases will be shared during a free virtual event from 9 to 10 a.m. on March 9.

The event, “Ending Racism, Starting With Kids,” will feature Kristin Pauker, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii and the director of the Intergroup Social Perception Lab.

“Growing up in Hawaii inspired me to study how children perceive and interact with people who are different than them,” Pauker said. “The data clearly shows that even young children easily pick up on nonverbal behaviors that reflect racial biases. And it also shows how we, as a community, can stop perpetuating those biases.”

The event is a part of Hawaii Children’s Action Network’s Keiki Talks series, a forum for community leaders to learn about issues affecting Hawaii’s children.

Registration is free with a suggested donation of $5. To register, visit www.hawaii-can.org/keikitalkracism.

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