Rachel Godsil


Rachel Godsil is Co-Founder of Perception Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Scholar at Rutgers Law School. She collaborates with social scientists on empirical research to understand the intersection of social identities and political ideology as well as the efficacy of interventions to override implicit bias, intergroup anxiety, and stereotype threat. She regularly leads workshops and presentations designed to promote dignity and belonging and to address the role of bias and anxiety associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, focusing on the justice system, health care, education, and the workplace.

Rachel has also co/authored numerous articles and book chapters such as: Overcoming Identity-Based Hierarchies: Understanding Psychological Barriers and Motivating Social Justice Through Intergroup Contact (forthcoming, 2024 in Law and Psychology); Promoting Fairness? Examining the Efficacy of Implicit Bias Training in the Criminal Justice System (Bias in the Law, 2020). With Perception, she has written extensively collaborated with other organizations to produce influential reports, such as Challenging the Disparities Default: Reframing and Reclaiming Women's Power (2020); a research review with Story At Scale entitled What Are We Up Against? An Intersectional Examination of Stereotypes Associated with Gender? (2020), a toolkit with the Executives’ Alliance, His Story: Shifting Narratives of Boys and Men of Color (2018), and a volume of the PopJustice initiative, Pop Culture, Perceptions, and Social Change: A Research Review (2016).

Rachel is a member of the Solidarity Council for Racial Equity with the W.K.Kellogg Foundation. She was on on the advisory board for Research, Integration, Strategies, and Evaluation (RISE) for Boys and Men of Color at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, and is currently on the boards of the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, and the Poverty and Race Research Action Council.

Rachel Godsil


DEIB: Vision, Framing, and Action in a Post-SFFA World
We have been here before. At critical inflection points throughout history, racial justice and civil rights progress has been met with well-funded and coordinated attacks that have translated into powerful backlash. So for many of us, the Supreme Court's recent decision in SFFA v. Harvard was not a surprise, but rather a culmination of decades of attempts to tether an ahistorical colorblind ideology to the Equal Protection Clause. Since the overturning of affirmative action, the various strategies to dismantle Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in higher education and the workplace...