Carlos was born in the Caribbean coastal town, Puerto Limon, in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States when he was four years old. He grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, an urban neighborhood of Boston. Carlos attended Boston Public Schools through sixth grade and then enrolled in METCO, a voluntary busing program that transported disadvantaged and underrepresented students from under-resourced school systems to better suburban schools. From seventh grade through high school, Carlos attended Dover-Sherborn Regional Junior and High Schools, after which he attended Wesleyan University, Boston University School of Social Work, and Simmons College, where he earned his PhD in social work.
Carlos holds a PhD in social work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. He served as as Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where he was the key faculty designer of the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege courses for BSW and MSW students, and he has held teaching positions at Simmons College, Lesley University, and Boston University, providing instruction in clinical skills and practice, group dynamics, multicultural assessment, and cultural competence. Before joining the Wheelock community in 2015, Carlos served as the Associate Dean of Students at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, where he provided psychotherapy to students, and consultation, training, supervision and support to faculty and student leaders. Carlos serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate at the Chestnut Hill School in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts. His work with students in grades beginner through sixth in addition to his teaching at Wheelock provides him with a unique perspective on learning and growth across a wide spectrum of development and backgrounds.
Through his research and writing, Carlos interrogates master narratives and the dominant discourse on race with the goal of illuminating and virtuously disrupting the racial worldview. Carlos is adept at engaging people in exploring the non-racial worldview as an alternative and antidote to our society’s centuries-old inability to move beyond the puzzles and perils inherent in a racialized perspective on human differences. Carlos’ perspective is presented in his recent book, The Arc of a Bad Idea: Understanding and Transcending Race, published by Oxford University Press. Arc, his long history developing, teaching, consulting and training in the area of social identity, social bias and social justice are all a testament to Carlos’ devotion to ending racism and increasing social justice.
Carlos has authored peer-reviewed articles on spirituality in social work practice and the pedagogy of the definition of racism, and has presented his work at numerous conferences. He has contributed posts to Oxford University Press’ blog site (http://blog.oup.com/?s=hoyt) and Youtube video site (https://www.youtube.com/user/OUPAcademic/search?query=hoyt). Carlos has presented at numerous conferences on the subject of social identity, social bias, and social justice. His approach in all forms of engagement with this challenging area of education, training and growth combines assiduously preparing participants to interact fully, empathically, courageously, and candidly, grounding all content in state of the art facts, facilitating experiential opportunities for participants to be active synthesizers versus passive receptacles, and an emphasis on praxis – the translation of cognitive growth into personal action.
Simmons School of Social Work, Boston Massachusetts
Boston University School of Social Work, Boston Massachusetts
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Graduate study in Philosophy1984
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
BA Psychology 1982
Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA – grades 1-6
Dover-Sherborn Regional Junior High & High School, Dover MA via METCO – grades 7-12
Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social work
Wheelock College, Boston, MA
- Provide instruction in three courses per term in the MSW and BSW programs (including Dynamics of Oppression & Privilege, Social Work Practice with Children and Families, Multicultural Assessment, and Generalist Social Work Practice
- “Key Faculty” author of curriculum for required Dynamics of Oppression & Privilege course for MSW and BSW programs
- Contribute to ongoing development of cutting edge programming, interdisciplinary partnerships, and an engaged college community
- Participate on various committees, including Diversity & Equity Committee, Gatekeeping Committee, Vice President of Academic Affairs Committee
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice through social work education and practice
- Serve as advisor to MSW and BSW students
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Instruct courses in Clinical Practice and Supervision, Group Dynamics, Holistic Theories in Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Culture and Identity: Power, Privilege and Oppression
Adjunct Instructor, Graduate School of Social Work
Develop curriculum and teach courses in Social Work Practice with Children and Families, Social Work Practice Skill Laboratory, and Social Work Field Practice Supervision.
Advise and supervise MSW students
Adjunct Instructor, Undergraduate and Graduate Schools of Social Work
Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston, MA
Instruct courses in MSW program, Dynamics of Racism and Bachelor of Arts program, Culture Matters
Private Practice in Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy with adults, children, families and couples
Clinical Social Work Internships
Brighton-Allston Mental Health Center, Brighton, MA
- Psychotherapy with adults, couples and children
- School-based counseling with elementary and middle schools students
- Play therapy and child guidance
- Fourteen cases over a nine-month internship
Mclean Hospital, Belmont, MA
- Social worker on adult psychotic clinical evaluation unit
- Member of multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, medical internists and physical rehabilitation specialists
- Psychosocial assessments, family therapy, discharge planning and coordination
- Facilitate Family Issues group
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocate
The Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Serve as resource for ideas and developing trends in all aspects of DEI work; host forums for
- Produce written communications on selected DEI topics for school publications, curriculum
- Provide consultation regarding optimal expression of equity and inclusivity in educational
- Support planning and/or participate directly with students in relevant learning activities.
- Engage with individual families and faculty members seeking guidance, support, or connection.
- Collaborate with Support Team in providing internal consultation and/or direct support to students or families.
- Work with the Assistant Head in planning and implementing programming for professional
- Coordinate the development and implementation of a social identity, social bias, and social justice curriculum across all grade levels
- Partner with Family Association and existing Affinity Groups in facilitating adult forums for conversation, education, and community-building
Associate Dean of Students for Personal & Community Education
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
- Coordination of required student life enrichment programs on behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Provision of psychotherapy as Graham House Counseling Center staff
- Provision of clinical perspective regarding students of concern and emerging community issues
- Member of a number of standing committees including the Community Health Team and the Equity, Access and Inclusion committees
- Coordination of All-School Meetings, Personal and Community Education Seminar (PACE), Wellness Week, Proctor/Prefect training and House Counselor Training
- Instruction of Introduction to Psychology Course
- Creation and instruction of multidisciplinary course on race: The Meaning of Race, 2014, 2015
Director of Program Operations
The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston MA
- Oversight of nineteen programs with combined revenues of approximately $50 million annually
- Member of Executive Management Team
- Supervision and oversight of senior leaders of program operations including Network Directors, Medical Director, and Director of Nursing
- Oversight of educational and clinical services
- Liaison to Boston Public Schools and Department of Education
Associate Director and Clinical Coordinator
Dearborn Academy, Arlington, MA
- Hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of masters level counselors, teaching staff and interns
- Intake assessment
- Program development
- Crisis intervention regarding emergency assessments, hospitalizations, protective issues
- Development and training in diversity and anti-bias issues
- Training of staff in nonviolent crisis intervention and behavior management
Director of Youth Services
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Roxbury, MA
- Developed and directed afterschool programs involving academic instruction, guidance and recreation for preadolescent and adolescent males in the Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods.
- Oversight of the Young Fathers Program; supervision of its Director
- Grant preparation and presentation
The Manville School of The Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA
- Coordinator of operations of the elementary and middle school for emotionally, behaviorally, and educationally challenged students
- Program development
- Supervision of milieu staff
- Case management and crisis intervention
Understanding and Resolving Resistance to Change (2008). Implementing Change for Success: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
What if the Spirit Does Not Move Me? A Personal Reconnaissance and Reconciliation
Social Work Volume 53, Number 3 July 2008. National Association of Social Workers
Hoyt, Carlos. "We Are Family: A Tale of Racial Identity." The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Oct. 2011.
The Pedagogy of the Meaning of Racism: Reconciling a Discordant Discourse. Social Work Volume 57, Number 3 July 2012.
Hoyt, Carlos. "Refusing to Identify by Race." The New York Times. The New York Times, 11 July 2013.
Hoyt, Carlos A. The Arc of a Bad Idea: Understanding and Transcending Race. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. Print.
Hoyt, C. (2015, November 30). Correcting the conversation about race. Retrieved from http://blog.oup.com/2015/11/correcting-the-conversation-about-race/
Hoyt, C. (2016, March 21). Taking race out of human genetics and memetics: We can't achieve one without achieving the other. Retrieved from http://blog.oup.com/2016/03/human-genetics-and-memetics/
Hoyt, C. (2016, July 15). Blowin' in the wind. Retrieved from http://blog.oup.com/2016/07/blowin-in-the-wind-confederate/
Hoyt, C. (2016). Mean, Kind Or Non: Which Type Of Racist Are You? Retrieved from http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2016/12/15/race-and-racism-carlos-hoyt
Carlos, H. (2016, April 06). Non-racial identities and worldviews. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ_xrHDazfI&t=5s
Hoyt, C. (2016, April 06). The history of race and racialization. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1GjU01AMjE&t=5s
Hoyt, C. (2016, April 06). Resisting race and racialization. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEhaFRnHN-w&t=16s
Hoyt, C. (2016, April 06). The racialization process. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTcs-qOaAQ0
Transcending Race – Race Resistance & Reason, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies,
SUNY Cortland, NY, October 20, 2012. http://www2.cortland.edu/dotAsset/7340d2d0-331f-49b2-a542-18ef5a66f3d7.pdf
Transcending Race – Critical Mixed Race Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, IL November 4, 2012. http://criticalmixedracestudies.org/wordpress/cmrs-2012/
Transcending Race – John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation: From Tragedy to Triumph – The Value of Reconciliation: Opportunity, Equity & Race. Tulsa, OK, May 30, 2013.
Beyond Zebra: The Transaction, Transposition, Transgression and Transcendence of Race – National Association of Social Workers 2014 National Conference, Washington DC, July 25, 2014. http://www.naswconference.org/
The Meaning of Race: Effective Ways of Teaching and Dialoguing about Race in College-preparatory Boarding Schools - The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) annual conference, December 4, 2015.
To Affinity & Beyond! Teaching Beyond the Constraints of Identity Politics – The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) annual conference, December 3, 2016.
Ending RACEISM: Why Defeating Racism Requires the Repudiation of Race – The Civic Role of Science & Scientists. University of California San Francisco. May 17-18, 2017.
Consultation & Training on Social Identity, Social Bias & Social Justice
In my role as consultant to schools and organization seeking to improve their efforts regarding the meaningful and effective integration of social identity, social bias, and social justice education and praxis, I provide a range of services from needs assessment to direct education and training on topics such as implicit bias, racialization, and a constructive understanding of racism, microagressions, privilege, and other charged topics in this area. I operate on a model of sustained relationship, versus providing a single event and then leaving clients to struggle on their own thereafter, and I emphasize connection, enrichment, and empowerment, eschewing the awkwardness, alienation, blaming and shaming that too often characterize this work.
My current client base in this area of service:
- Arlington Public School System, Arlington, Massachusetts. 2016 – present
- Edith C. Baker Elementary School, Brookline MA
- Concord Academy, Concord Massachusetts. 2017
- Pierce Middle School, Milton, MA. 2016 – present
- Lincoln Elementary School, Brookline, MA. 2017 – present
- TripAdvisor, Needham, MA. 2017 – present
- University of California at San Francisco, Graduate Division
- Westover School, Bridgeport, CT
Past clients include:
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; 1998-1999
- Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, 2000
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA 2003
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2005
Manuscript Reviewer for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity journal
Contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti
Trustee, Agassiz Village Summer Camp, 238 Bedford Street, Suite 8, Lexington, MA, 02420; 71
Agassiz Village Lane, West Poland, ME 04274
Massachusetts License Number (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker): 110005