Dr. Walter V. Collier
Dr. Collier has lived on the Vineyard for almost 40 years with his wife, Shirley. He is currently retired from a long career in social research and strategic planning. In addition to a B.A. and M.A. in psychology, he holds a doctorate from New York University in public policy research. Dr. Collier has conducted social science and public policy research for many organizations, including the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Cancer Society as well as strategic planning workshops for Princeton University, University of New Mexico, and other organizations. Dr. Collier has published many research articles and two books—the most recent being “Why Racism Persists: An Uncomfortable Truth.” He has also spoken before several groups on the subject of racism, including the M.V. Hebrew Center congregation, Oak Bluffs Library, Chilmark Library, the Congregational Church, NAACP and the Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club. Also, he has spoken many times about the topic of racism on the WMVY Radio show, The Vineyard Current and Let’s Do Better. And he is a co-founder and Trustee Emeritus of the M.V. Diversity Coalition as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for MVY Radio.
Web site: www.whyracismpersists.com