Addressing the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism.
RACE to Be Human addresses the impact of racism on our mental health through the lens of students, experts and educators.
Created for schools, communities and corporations, RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film program examines micro-aggressions, allyship, the role of social media, and more. It also shares how we can promote curiosity, self-reflection, and empathy through conversations at home, school and work.
The film program includes strategies to inspire self reflection and accountability so that, as individuals, we are more aware and, as communities, we can collectively honor dignity and pursue belonging.
RACE to Be Human weaves together personal narratives and insight from students and parents with perspectives and data from educators, mental health practitioners, and diversity and inclusion experts. Appropriate for all ages starting at 10 years old.
The Impact of RACE to Be Human
"What a compelling film. The impact of student voices is unlike any other and so impactful. Chunking the messages and reflections was a great idea to help viewers keep focused on the topic and discussion as well."
Common Sense Education
of educators felt more open to talking about race and racism after seeing this film.
of educators felt there was fair representation of the ethnicities highlighted in the film.
of educators felt there was good and useful information presented in the film.
of viewers think RACE to Be Human will be helpful for both teens and educators.
What does RACE to Be Human cover?
Everyone needs to be a part of this conversation.
To do sufficient justice to the breadth and importance of this subject, in the future we hope to produce a shorter version of RACE To Be Human so even the youngest members of our community can watch and learn (ages 6+).
Similar themes will be explored in each version, with the length and complexity balanced to fit different audiences:
- Elementary-aged children
- Middle and High School students
- College and adult/corporate audiences
The film program for ages 10 & up is currently available in two editions: the Creative Coping Toolkits Education Edition and Workplace Edition.
Our CCT is a turn-key, online learning platform designed to support social-emotional well-being. The program includes the film broken into chapter clips, with discussion guides, exercises, and reflections.
Experts from the Film
Deborah L. Plummer, PhD
Psychologist, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion, and mutual respect
Jason Craige Harris
Partner at Perception Strategies LLC and a Senior Advisor at Perception Institute
Cora Collette Breuner, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine
Global Head of Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) at Axon
Associate Director for Children and Young People's Mental Health at Centre for Mental Health
Educator, teacher trainer, school leader, and educational advocate for staff and students
Newly Added: RACE to Be Human Learning Bursts
The RACE to Be Human Learning Bursts address specific questions in short, easily-digestible video clips under 5-minutes. These questions further explore topics addressed in the film to expand learning, self-reflection, and agency for positive change. Current topics include:
- What is hidden bias? Am I biased? If so, what can I do about it?
- Can anyone be racist?
- How can I ask about a person's ethnic identity?
- Racist vs prejudice vs discrimination?
- What is intersectionality?
- What is the model minority myth?
The RACE to Be Human Learning Bursts are available as part of the Creative Coping Toolkit.
Filmmaker and iMPACTFUL CEO Scilla Andreen gives an update on RACE to Be Human filming.
What happens when schools have courageous conversations?
“Powerful film. From start to finish, this film had me thinking about myself, my students, my S.O, and my children. It had me thinking about the past, the present, and the future of society."
American School Counselor Association
“As someone who is mixed/bi-racial, this movie really made me feel represented. It was maybe the first time in my life where I heard other people talk about what it's like to “be in the middle '' and not really feel like you belong to any race (not black enough, not white enough, etc.) which can be very isolating in itself. Hearing mixed-race people share their feelings of guilt and their experiences with micro-aggressions was truly validating and it made me feel seen. Thank you.”
Robbins Hebrew Academy
“I was sending messages to my fellow middle school counselors while watching and remarking on how we NEED this movie at our school, and it got me asking if we had students advising on our DEI team at our school. Can’t wait to have RACE to Be Human at our school. It would be a valuable addition to our education for staff and students alike.”
American School Counselor Association
“I think the movie was very educational and every school should watch it. During the movie, I found it very interesting how people were speaking their minds and I think a lot of people can learn from it. I believe that if everyone watches this movie and understands how others feel, we can begin to [rid] the world [of] racism.”
Grade 6 Student
“This movie put me in other people's shoes and made me acknowledge what they are going through. Feeling this made me aspire more to help people fighting against racism.”
Grade 6 Student