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Claude M. Steele: "Why Are Campuses So Tense, and What Can We Do?"

January 28, 2020 - 4:15pm to 5:45pm
Kistler Conference Room -- please note: this location is now FULL; new registrants may participate via Zoom (details below)

Today’s campuses bring together people from groups with profoundly different experiences in society. Few things in higher education are as important as diversifying our campuses, but we need broadened approaches to doing that, approaches rooted in a sharper understanding of diversity’s challenges. Increasingly, identity predicaments arising from diversity and destabilize trust among individuals and within institutional climates and cultures, undermining assumptions of fairness and equal opportunities for all. Professor Steele's talk will describe and address the stereotype and identity threats that all of us —minorities, women, white men, religious minorities, etc. — can experience, the role of these pressures in campus tension, and how to think about moving forward. With his research as background, we will focus on ways to reduce the ill effects of stereotype threat and build trust toward inclusive and equitable learning experiences in higher education.

This WISE Research Roundtable, one in a series of discussions with those whose research illuminates paths to advance equity and create more inclusive cultures in scientific and technical fields, features Stanford Professor of Psychology Claude M. Steele

Claude M. Steele is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His 2010 book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizes years of pathbreaking and world-renowned research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

WISE Ventures, an initiative in support of more inclusive academic communities, particularly in science, engineering, and mathematics at Stanford, is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

Open to all interested, but please note that this program has now reached capacity for in-person attendance due to limited seating. Zoom participation (by internet or phone), however, is still an option. To attend by Zoom, please register here before Monday, January 27.

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WISE Ventures, an initiative supported by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education
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