Phillip Atiba Goff works with police departments to help public safety become more equitable and less deadly.

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Self-proclaimed "justice nerd" Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff devotes himself to understanding how people think and talk about racism in order to prevent racist behavior -- particularly in policing. He identifies the need to shift how we define racism: not as a defect of character, but rather a pattern of behaviors that are measurable and changeable.

Goff is the president and cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that diagnoses the roots of disparate policing in order to eliminate them. As a professor, mediator and translator, Goff helps communities and law enforcement understand each other and address problems that have for centuries felt unsolvable.

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