Claude Steele, Stanford University
January 22, 2021, 12 PM PST
Abstract: This talk addresses the question of how to achieve a successfully diverse community—in a school, a classroom, a corporation, etc.—such that all people feel they can function and contribute there from the standpoint of their backgrounds and identities and yet not be disadvantaged by those identities or backgrounds? The first part of the talk diagnoses a chief barrier to successful diversity—the identity threat we can pose to each other based on the role of our identities in the history and structure of society and the mistrust it inspires. The second part proposes strategies for building the trust needed to achieve successful diversity both interpersonally and at organizational scale.
About the Speaker: Claude Steele is the Lucie Stern Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at U.C. Berkeley as well as dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford. His numerous academic leadership roles include serving as the President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, as the President of the Western Psychological Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Society. Steele is a scholar of social psychology and is best known for his research on stereotype threat and the threat it poses to minority students in the academy. He is the author of many articles and chapters on the subject as well as the 2010 book Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, which drew from his years of expertise and research.