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Leadership, Bias, and Identity: Leading Organizational Change

  • TSAI Center for Innovative Thinking 254 Elm Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

To be an effective leader in an increasingly diverse workforce, one must navigate contact between members of different social groups. However, intergroup interactions can be difficult, particularly those that occur between members of traditionally high-status and low-status groups. This workshop explores the barriers to initiating intergroup contact, barriers to experiencing positive contact experiences, and barriers to repeat interactions. Participants will discuss ways to overcome such barriers, including countering stereotypes and reducing implicit bias.

About the speaker: Professor Cydney Dupree’s research interests broadly address how to reduce divisions between social groups and increase the inclusion of under-represented minorities within and across organizations. She uses surveys, experiments, and archival work to delve into the strategies used by social groups in seeking to meet their interpersonal affiliative and hierarchical goals, considering the implications of these strategies for reducing inequality and achieving successful interracial interactions. Current lines of research investigate: 1) the impact of socio-political attitudes and stereotypes on verbal and nonverbal outgroup behavior, 2) the ways in which associations between race and status influence minority- and majority-group members’ occupational preferences, and 3) the situational and individual differences factors that influence prosocial outgroup behavior. Professor Dupree was a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship, and she was a member of Princeton University’s Joint Degree Program in the Study of Inequality. Her work has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Current Opinion in Psychology, and Journal of Social Issues. 

This event is open to anyone. Lunch will be provided.