Racial Battle Fatigue Research Group (RBFRG)
The Racial Battle Fatigue Research Group is led by Dr. William Smith, department chair and associate professor in the Department of Education, Culture, & Society and also holds a joint appointment in the Division of Ethnic Studies in the School of Cultural and Social Transformation.


The focus of the RBFRG will be to examine offensive racial mechanisms (i.e., racial microaggressions) and racial battle fatigue in education. This group will also be an interdisciplinary group that will eventually bring together faculty and students within the University of Utah into a space for a rich conversation, sharing, and the promotion of healing.

Any graduate scholar or faculty member who is interested in a serious conversation that leads to using research as a change agent is invited to join the RBFRG.

Overview of RBFRG
The main purpose will be to address these long-standing and persistent racial matters within our academic institutions and the impact that they have on People of Color. A secondary goal is to bring greater awareness to the ways racist learning environments (or racist bionetworks) impact the satisfaction, engagement, learning, motivation, sense of belonging, and more importantly, the overall psychological and physical well-being that produces racial battle fatigue among People of Color. A tertiary goal is to equip allies in their social justice work with additional information and understandings about the systems that produces racial battle fatigue.
Contact Information
Dr. Smith
Interim Department Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Education, Culture, & Society
william.smith@utah.edu

Roxanna Curiel
Research Assistant
r.curiel@utah.edu

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