Live tweeting our next #TTABSummit speaker, Dr. Linda Tropp. Topic: Intergroup Contact, Racial Anxiety, and Navigating Race in Diverse Classrooms
Research says -

Positive contact experiences can be an effective strategy can reduce prejudice - emphasis on F2F interaction.

Optimal conditions = equal status between groups in situation, support from institutional norms and authorities, cooperation and common goals.
Dr. Tropp referenced the Nature of Prejudice (Allport, 1954), in addition to conducting a meta-analysis of intergroup contact effects.

Results - Greater intergroup contact is typically associate with less prejudice (94% of cases).
Dr. Tropp found that across age groups, across many identity groups, across social settings (such as recreation, residential, educational).

Contact is especially likely to reduce racial and ethnic prejudice among youth in K12 classrooms when it occurs under optimal conditions.
About - Intergroup Contact Among Ts and Ss.

Ss of color comprise 1/2 of all students in public schools
82% of Ts in public schools are white

Increasingly, schools are contexts of interracial contact between white Ts and Ss of color.
Greater contact between groups can reduce racial anxiety... BUT (her capitalization) many white people report few close cross-race relationship.

75% of white Americans close social networks is entirely white.
For those limited experience, interracial contact can be anxiety-provoking leading to greater stereotyping, bias, and distancing. Or (my words) #BBQBecky #PermitPatty #CouponCarl
Emerging Research Goals -
What roles do contact and racial anxiety play in how white Ts navigate race in relation to Ss.
How prepared do teachers feel in navigating race?

76% reported they had a class to teach ethnically diverse classes of students, but less than 40% found it helpful.
Nationwide K12 teacher survey results:

White Ts who report having greater number of friendships with POC report being more confident about interacting with diverse classrooms, treating all students equally, discussing race-related issues with Ss.
My Q that I can't wait to ask-

How are POC - especially when there is usually only one in the room, or we live in segregated communities - supposed to create friendships with all the white people so they aren't anxious? Why do that?

My new BFF and I are like...
Her answer, and we will talk more about it at lunch, is that research shows the contact is usually better for the dominant group than the subordinate group.

My words - We stay taking one for the team.
She continued. "The dominant group is like, 'Hey, I am cool. Let's talk.' The subordinate group is like, 'Hold up. This conversation is the first part of the work.'"
She posed a question -
How do you motivate people to care about things unless they have to?

That why she studies intergroup contact because she believes once you care about someone personally, it's hard to cut that off, disregard them and their experience.

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