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Civil Rights Team Project

Reducing bias-motivated behaviors in Maine's schools

Artist Pigeon with students at the Civil Rights Team Conference

Students with graffiti artist Pigeon. Photo by Megan Webster

MHC is proud to collaborate with the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP), a program based in the Attorney General of Maine’s office.

The only program of its kind nationwide, the CRTP’s mission is to increase the safety of elementary, middle level, and high school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools.

The CRTP accomplishes this by supporting student civil rights teams in Maine’s schools. The CRTP and the student civil rights teams are active in identifying and addressing issues of bias in our school communities, especially those related to:

  • Race and color
  • National origin and ancestry
  • Religion
  • Physical and mental disabilities
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
Sikh Captain America with students at the Civil Rights Team conference

Students with Vishavjit Singh, Sikh Captain America, at the Civil Rights Team conference. Photo by Megan Webster.

MHC’s role with the CRTP

MHC helps to plan the content for the Fall student and advisor trainings. For the first time, MHC is also offering a reading and discussion group for adult advisors on Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, a book that exposes the hidden biases we all unknowingly carry around inside us.

Upcoming opportunities

We will be offering a grant opportunity for CRTP teams this fall. Details to come!

Interested in starting a Civil Rights Team in your school?

Visit the Civil Rights Team Project website for the details on how to get started in your community. You can start a team anytime during the year.