The Anti-Racism Extended Reality Studio, or UA-ARXRS hopes to test the capacity of immersive and interactive “extended reality” tools, including volumetric video capture, virtual reality and digital narrative.

“Knowing the power of immersive education and knowing that the national conversation is about racism and inequality now, we’re looking at leveraging this new technology to help with that dilemma,” said Carter, an associate professor of Africana studies. “By creating these scenarios, we’re hoping to engage people differently and help people step into the shoes of others by being an actual first-person observer. You’re within a space and observing things that are happening around you and to you.”

Designing scenarios to deliver extended-reality experiences “can alter perspectives and make possible more honest, concrete and productive discussions about racism than similar discussions initiated without the assistance of immersive technology,” Carter said. “The invisibility of systemic racism can be uncloaked,” he added.