Panel Discussion - Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of A Diverse Community

March 22, 2017

The why, what, and how of making diverse learning communities effective for all. 

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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Claude Steele

Professor of Psychology

Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, this talk will address the why, what, and how of diverse learning communities: why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. The talk’s practical aim is to identify features of diverse learning communities—schools, universities and academic disciplines—that while good for all students, are especially helpful for minority students generally, and for women in STEM fields. The talk will also explore the psychological significance of community and its role in learning.
Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley who has served in several major academic leadership positions. He served as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley from 2014 to 2016, the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University from 2011 to 2014, and the 21st Provost of Columbia University from 2009 to 2011.
He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.


Dr. Waldo Martin, Jr.

Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship

Dr. Martin is the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley. The principal focus of his scholarship and teaching is African American cultural and intellectual history, in particular the Modern African American Freedom Struggle. With Joshua Bloom, he is co-author of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (2013). With Deborah Gray White and Mia Bay, he is the co-author of Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans with Documents (2013). With Patricia A. Sullivan, he is the co-editor of Civil Rights in the United States: An Encyclopedia (2000). He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America (2005), Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents (1998), and The Mind of Frederick Douglass (1985). Martin has published numerous articles and lectured widely on a variety of topics in modern African American history and culture. His current book project is “A Change is Gonna Come,” a cultural analysis of the modern African American Freedom Struggle.

Dr. Eva Nogales

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Dr. Nogales is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; a Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at UC Berkeley; and Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She obtained her B.S. degree in physics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). She did her thesis work at the Synchrotron Radiation Source (U.K.), under the supervision of Joan Bordas, on the structural dynamics of tubulin assembly, earning a Ph.D. degree from the University of Keele. Her work in Kenneth Downing's group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory involved the use of electron crystallography to determine the high-resolution structure of tubulin.