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Diversity in Action

The Psychology Department and BRIDGE actively engage in efforts to support our diverse communities and promote inclusiveness in several ways. Below are just some of the ways in which we have done so.

Marching for Equality

Standing Up for Social Justice

  • BRIDGE recently sponsored two Bystander Intervention trainings to help members our community learn how to respond when we see others being threatened or treated disrespectfully.
  • The following response to an editorial in the local paper was orchestrated by BRIDGE and departmental and campus colleagues to correct misinformation about same-sex parenting outcomes:

Promoting Dialogue around Diversity

BRIDGE and the Psychology Department have routinely sponsored talks and workshops with the aim of advancing our understanding of topics relevant to diversity as well as engaging in discussions that help improve our ability to be better advocates and supporters of diversity and inclusion. You can find a partial list of some of these events here:

Presentation TitleSpeaker, Title/Role/Position, University

Being an Ally: Questions, Insights, and Challenges

Kari Jo Freudigmann, LGBTQA Student Resource Center’s Programming Coordinator

Wendy Coduti, Faculty Adviser, WINGS (organization for students with disabilities)

Brian Davis, President of the Penn State Social Justice Coalition
Breaking Gender Stereotypes about STEM Careers: A Boomerang Effect?

Lynn Liben, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Penn State University

Emily Coyle, Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Penn State University
Damned if you don't: How to manage stigmatized identities at work Larry Martinez, Assistant Professor, Hospitality Management, Penn State University
Expertise Penalties or Premiums? The Effects of Women’s incongruent Status in Science and Engineering Groups Aparna Joshi, Associate Professor of Management & Organization
Department of Management and Organization, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University
Integrating Culturally Relevant Community Based Participatory Research and Clinical Trials:  Evidence from The AAKOMA Project Alfiee Breland-Noble, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Racioethnic profiling: The role of representativeness in employment discrimination Derek Avery, Professor of Human Resource Management, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Self-perceptions and sexual harassment: What an intersectional race x gender analysis can reveal Isis Settles, Associate Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University
The Effects of Awareness of the Achievement Gap on Parenting in African Americans Stephanie Rowley, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
The Effects of Multiculturalism or Color Blindness on Engagement in the workplace Kecia Thomas, Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia
The Environment of Childhood Poverty Gary Evans, Professor of Human Ecology, Cornell University
There are many forms of Culture-Including Religion Adam Cohen, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
WAGES: An Experiential Learning Activity Stephanie A. Shields, Professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies, Penn State University

Women in Cognitive Science and professional development: Success from thesis to tomb

Janet van Hell, Professor of Psychology, Penn State University

Cynthia Huang-Pollock, Associate Professor of Penn State, Penn State University

Eleonora Rossi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State University

 In-Depth Conversations

The following videos pertain to diversity at Penn State, past and present:

Visit with Dr. Henry Tomes

Discussion with Dr. Jose Soto

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