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Translating Research for Communities and Policymakers

With Ervin Staub (Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, 2004-2005), Rezarta Bilali and Johanna Vollhardt have worked with journalists and practitioners in Rwanda and Burundi to develop media broadcasts that incorporate experiences from victims of ethnic violence, to help community members empower themselves and reach peace with their former tormentors.

Rwanda: Group of Women and Children, Public Domain Image: gemini.info.usaid.gov/photos/displayimage.php?pos=-110

 With Faculty member Linda Tropp, local, and regional organizations, Katya Migacheva coordinates multiple research studies and evaluations of school-based programs designed to improve interracial relations among youth and train children to intervene when they perceive that others are mistreated or victimized.

Student Group on Race Relations, Permission: Shaker Heights City School District