PROGRAM: Civil Rights Team Project

Presented by:
Maine Humanities Council
Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Other Subject: African American/Black, Cross-Cultural Understanding, Gender, Latinos, Other, Professional Development, Varies Audience: Educators, K-12, Youth/Teen

The Civil Rights Team Project is a collaboration between the Maine Humanities Council and the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP), a program based in the Attorney General of Maine’s office.  With a mission of increasing the safety of elementary, middle, and high school students through reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in schools, this is the only program of its kind, nationwide.

In order to achieve its mission, the CRTP supports student civil rights teams in Maine’s schools. Together, they are active in identifying and addressing issues of bias in school communities, especially those related to:

  • Race and color
  • National origin and ancestry
  • Religion
  • Physical and mental disabilities
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation

The humanities council helps CRTP plan the content for the fall student and advisor trainings and for the first time is offering an adult reading and discussion group based on the book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald.

Check out the council website to learn more about this program and how to get started in setting one up.