Howard Stevenson


Howard Stevenson’s work involves developing culturally relevant, in-the-moment, strength-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy to families and youth. 


With over 29 years experience working as a clinical and consulting psychologist in low-income rural and urban neighborhoods across the country, Howard C. Stevenson is now Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC). The REC is a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. Howard is currently the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He has written numerous peer reviewed publications, and he is the author of the teaching book Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools. Howard’s research publications and clinical work have been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, and the National Institutes of Mental Health and Child Health and Human Development.


Howard Stevenson on the TEDMED Blog

Forward Promise, Promoting the Health of Boys & Young Men of Color

Recasting Race, The Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) at Penn GSE

The Racial Empowerment Collaborative on Twitter

Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools, 2014.

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Racial Literacy Psychologist