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2018-2019 Colloquium Series

Save the Dates! All talks will be on Fridays from 2:30-3:30pm on GW's Foggy Bottom campus.

More information to follow

Oct 12   Kevin LaBar, Duke University

Nov 9    Hart Blanton, Texas A & M University

March 22   Malathi Thothathiri, GWU

April 12     Vanessa Schick, University of Texas

Dr. Tiffany Brannon will give a talk titled, From Backlash to Benefits: How Institutions Can Leverage Diversity Efforts to Foster 'Inclusion for All'. The talk will be held in Marvin 311 from 11:30-12:30.

Theory-based diversity efforts to promote inclusion among marginalized group members can prompt backlash. For instance, diversity efforts (e.g., Latina/o/x or African American academic courses) can signal to individuals from marginalized groups that their racial/ethnic in-group is valued, recognized, and represented within a school or workplace context. Such efforts can foster a sense of belonging to mainstream institutions and in turn a myriad of social and health benefits. However, the same diversity efforts can prompt backlash from majority group members (e.g., explicit opposition to diversity courses); such reactance can adversely impact a sense of inclusion. Ironically, such reactance can negatively impact a sense of belonging within the institution across social group lines—that is, among marginalized group members as well as among majority group members. The talk will present a theory- based framework for minimizing or eliminating backlash to diversity efforts and in turn promoting more inclusive institutions across social group lines. The discussion will address implications for theory and policy on inclusion.

**Talk is part of Dean’s Lecture Series sponsored by Department of Psychology and CCAS**

Are You Biased? The Antecedents and Consequences of Racial Bias Awareness

Research Talk by: Dr. Sylvia Perry
Department of Psychology, Northwestern University
Friday, March 2nd @ 11:00 GWU Marvin Center 402-404

As the United States becomes more racially diverse, it is increasingly important to understand how this growing diversity differentially impacts racial majority and minority members’ self, interpersonal, and intergroup perceptions and experiences. In the talk I will present research that extends previous work by introducing an individual difference measure of Whites’ racial bias awareness. Across a series of studies, I demonstrate how individual differences in bias awareness relate to Whites’ (1) reactions to evidence of personal racial bias, (2) perceptions of others’ subtly biased behaviors, and (3) attitudes and behaviors toward racial minorities. I will discuss the implications of this work for intergroup relations, broadly, as well as for cross-race doctor-patient interactions, in particular. I will end by reviewing my current and future research directions that include plans to investigate the development of bias awareness, how people perceive individuals who are willing to admit (versus deny) their racial bias, and the impact of racially hostile medical school environments on Black medical students.

**Talk is part of Dean’s Lecture Series sponsored by Department of Psychology and CCAS**