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How Diversity Becomes Belonging Across Social Groups by Dr. Tiffany Brannon (UCLA Psychology Dept)

Monday, Apr 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Please join us on Monday, April 22 from 12:00-1:00 PM in 1517 SBSG for
a talk by Dr. Tiffany Brannon (UCLA Psychology Dept) entitled, “How
Diversity Becomes Belonging Across Social Groups.” Abstract below. 

Society is increasingly diverse yet within mainstream institutions
(e.g., colleges, workplaces) inclusion across social group lines
remains fraught with challenges. However, the intergroup dynamics of
mainstream institutions including science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) fields underscore the importance of belonging
across social groups. Thus, the present research addresses a question
of paramount importance to science and society. It examines whether
mainstream settings which signal a valuing of diversity (e.g.,
visibility, support, culturally inclusive curriculum practices) can
facilitate inclusive and multicultural benefits across social group
lines. Across studies, using survey and experimental methods it finds
that mainstream institutions which value diversity can positively
impact feelings of (a) inclusion and (b) explicit and implicit
closeness towards social in-groups and out-groups. These findings were
observed among social groups that vary in power and/or status (e.g.,
racial/ethnicity minorities, victims/survivors of sexual assault).
Moreover, the present research illuminates one process that can allow
diversity efforts to afford these inclusive and multicultural
benefits. Theory and applied implications for leveraging diversity
efforts to promote institutional belonging and
bicultural/multicultural identity advantages are discussed.



Monday, Apr 22, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm