The Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Speaker Series (OAG Speaker Series) focuses on issues pertinent to and pressing for “urban education” and the sound instruction of students who have been historically marginalized. The goal of the series is to serve as a window through which we can engage Boston Public Schools’ diverse stakeholders, brand Boston as a school district dedicated to progressive change, and begin a historic stride towards true equity and the elimination of opportunity and achievement gaps.
Linda R. Tropp is professor of social psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research concerns how members of different groups approach and experience contact with each other, and how group differences in status affect cross-group relations. Tropp has worked with national organizations on court cases relevant to racial justice and racial integration, on state and national initiatives to improve interracial relations in schools, and with nongovernmental and international organizations to evaluate applied programs designed to reduce racial and ethnic conflict. She is coauthor of “When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact” (2011), editor of the “Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict” (2012), and coeditor of “Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations” (2011).