Re-writing the Script: Virtual Reality Transforming Race Relations

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Lead Mentor:  Valerie Taylor

Additional Mentors:  Hector Munoz-Avila, Stephanie Watts, Bill Whitney


This project will examine how people engage in interracial interractions-what makes them go well and the factors that make them fall apart. Students will create various stressful interracial encounters in VR that can be rescripted by participants to improve their interaction outcomes. VR provides a unique opportunity to safely test how repeated exposure to stressful interracial

encounters can provide people with numerous opportunities to “practice” interracial interaction

anxiety-reduction techniques.