Jonathan Kanter PhD is Director of the Center for the Science of Social Connection of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Over the course of his career, Dr. Kanter has collaborated closely with members of Black, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities across both scientific and social activism efforts, including police brutality, voter engagement, racism and discrimination, mental health stigma, and culturally appropriate psychological treatments. His center comprises an active and diverse team of students and colleagues who work to integrate established findings on bias with the science of relationships to produce innovative bias-reduction strategies and teach people how to connect across group differences that typically divide us. Dr. Kanter has published over 100 books and scientific articles on these topics and he is regularly invited to give talks and workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Kanter also is a core team member of UW Medicine’s Office of Health Equity which provides antiracism education and workshops for the UW Medicine system, and Dr. Kanter also consults on anti-racism efforts in the legal profession and in educational settings. The Center’s work on racial microaggressions, as well on how to connect across political differences, has recently been featured on NPR, in the Seattle Times, and in other news media outlets.
Michaela Ayers is the Founder and Principal of Nourish, a social impact organization that advances anti-racism within companies and communities. Drawing from human-centered design, action learning, and anti-racism principles, Nourish uproots the deep-seated biases and racist behaviors that block belonging. By leveraging the power of curiosity and vulnerability, Michaela is constantly exploring creative ways of thinking, speaking, and listening in order to advance the collective conversation about systemic racism.Read More »