Diversity in Action

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 workLarry MartinezAssistant Professor, Hospitality ManagementPenn State University
Expertise Penalties or Premiums? The Effects of Women’s incongruent Status in Science and Engineering GroupsAparna 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 ProjectAlfiee Breland-Noble, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Racioethnic profiling: The role of representativeness in employment discriminationDerek 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 revealIsis Settles, Associate Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University
The Effects of Awareness of the Achievement Gap on Parenting in African AmericansStephanie Rowley, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
The Effects of Multiculturalism or Color Blindness on Engagement in the workplaceKecia Thomas, Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia
The Environment of Childhood PovertyGary Evans, Professor of Human Ecology, Cornell University
There are many forms of Culture-Including ReligionAdam Cohen, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
WAGES: An Experiential Learning ActivityStephanie 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:

Henry Tomes, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Penn State University (in 1963), visited the Psychology Department on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009.

José Soto is a clinical psychologist interested in the intersections of culture, health and emotion and how these three forces interact with and shape each other.