One of the ways we engage new ideas is by hosting TMI Labs: Forums where social scientists, advocates, and peers can discuss strategies to address today’s civil rights challenges.
The Institute facilitated an exchange of strategies among voting rights advocates at the federal, state, and local levels about the best approaches to maximize voter participation and combat voter suppression during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Lab brought together data scientists, technologists, reporters, academics, and attorneys to discuss the nexus of artificial intelligence, criminal justice, and civil rights, including predictive policing, risk assessments, and facial recognition technology.
This Lab brought together economists, attorneys, academics, activists, and reporters to discuss the most pressing water issues impacting Black communities across the nation, including affordability, contamination, and infrastructure.
The Institute hosted a Housing Expert Training at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. This TMI Lab brought together new and established experts in a variety of fields, as well as a group of experienced civil rights attorneys, to discuss best practices for litigating Fair Housing Act cases.
Participants discussed electoral research and strategies to better equip our country's voters.
LDF staff met with one another to discuss the logistics of opening up our archives, a project that has organized the decades of LDF history.
We co-hosted our second Lab of 2017 with the Perception Institute. Participants examined implicit bias through the lens of the justice system and considered how our unconscious brains process information about race. We also discussed updated research on racial anxiety and stereotype threat and considered whether implicit bias can be advanced as part of a cognizable claim in civil and criminal litigation.
Our Deeper Learning Lab explored project-based instruction and assessment that gives students real-world experiences and helps develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills needed for success in today’s global economy.
The Lab focused on affirmative action efforts in response to the Fisher v. Univ. of Texas II decision and similar legal challenges pending against the University of North Carolina and Harvard University.