Dr. Courtney Cogburn
The Cogburn Research Group
Dr. Jeremy Bailenson
Virtual Human Interaction Lab
Columbia University School of Social Work
Stanford University
Brown Institute for Media Innovation

1,000 Cut Journey is a virtual reality program that explores racism by allowing users to experience what it’s like to be Black first-hand. This was designed and developed by Dr. Courtney Cogburn, an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Dr. Jeremy Bailenson at Stanford University.

In this immersive virtual reality experience, viewers become Michael Sterling, a Black male, and encounter racism as a young child, an adolescent, and a young adult. This experience highlights the social realities of racism, for understanding racism is the essential first step in promoting effective, collective social action and achieving racial justice.