GoKAR! Project

GoKAR! Educational Program: Teaching Anti-Racism to Preschoolers at Home

This research is supported by APX Flash Funding,

UT Austin Office of the Vice President for Research

Principal Investigator: Jessica Toste, Huriya Jabbar, Kathrynn Pounders

This grant was awarded to Dr. Jessica Toste from the Department of Special Education, Dr. Huriya Jabbar from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and Dr. Kathrynn Pounders, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations to envision new research directions in diverse fields. We aim to develop an educational program for caregivers to teach anti-racism at home with preschool age children (4-5 years): GoKAR! (Kids Against Racism).


GoKAR! will be framed within an integrative social-cognitive development perspective on prejudice and bias. This perspective considers the interactions between socio-contextual factors, such as social norms and in-group identity, and children’s socio-cognitive development. As such, the content for GoKAR! will focus on engaging with children’s context to influence emotional and cognitive processes to counter the development of racial bias. The research team aims to recruit caregiver-child dyads over the next year to explore the potential of GoKAR! to reduce implicit bias and increase awareness of structural racism in young children.