Friday, October 27
6 – 7:30 pm
Civic Center Auditorium

As part of this year’s Hillsboro Reads program

Our society has encouraged colorblind ideology without taking into consideration the impact it has on people of color. While the intentions may be good, this approach to race, racism and race relations doesn’t change the fact that in the 21st century race still matters significantly. Statements like “We are all human”, and “I don’t notice race” are actually more likely to cause the very harm these well-intentioned statements, said by well-meaning people are trying to avoid. In her keynote, Dr. Hollins will discuss the research on implicit bias, propose alternative ways of thinking, and share strategies for mitigating the impact.

Dr. Caprice Hollins was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in the Rainier Valley. She received an AA from Shoreline Community College, a BA in Psychology from Seattle University, and and MA and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Hollins returned to Seattle in 1998 where she completed her post doc at Atlantic Street Center — a local mental health agency serving primarily youth and families of color. At that time, she became licensed as a clinical psychologist. Her focus has been on working with children and families from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. For the past 10 years she has facilitated workshops and taught graduate courses at Seattle Pacific University, Antioch University and the University of Washington, increasing students’ and participants’ awareness, knowledge and skills in working with ethnically diverse populations.

Dr. Hollins served as the Director of Equity, Race & Learning Support for Seattle Public Schools for four years where she supported the educational efforts of the District to dismantle institutional racism. She recently started a consulting business, Cultures Connecting, LLC, providing culturally relevant professional development and services to organizations seeking to improve their skills in effectively engaging all cultures.

Dr. Hollins works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity while raising a young family with her husband, Gary Hollins. Together they have two young children and she has three adult step-children.