Construction of the ‘Other’: Development, Consequences, and Applied Implications of Prejudice and Discrimination

New dates: Construction of the 'Other' has been rescheduled for December 10 - 12, 2020.
Event Details

Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and SRCD Meetings


Our historical era has witnessed the explosion of overt racism and other versions of both explicit and implicit exclusionary behaviors, manifested in individual and group behaviors, daily practices, policies, and even armed conflicts against the “other” and “outgroups”. These “out-groups” can be based on class, race/ethnicity, religion, birthplace, gendered behaviors, sexual orientation, ability, and other sociocultural characteristics. We also know that these categories are socially constructed and that for many individuals and groups, intersectionality creates even more risk. As we strive for inclusion, diversity and pluralism around the world, fundamentalist reactions to exclude the “other” appear commonplace. This special topic meeting will highlight research from a wide variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to understand how prejudice and discrimination is developed, socialized, or manifested; the consequences of growing up in marginalized groups; and, the promising policy and intervention programs that can help prevent the development of prejudice or buffer the effects of marginalization.

Decision notifications have been emailed to all submitters. If you have not received a decision email, please contact To view your submission, please log in with your existing SRCD credentials.


Invited speakers

Subject to change.

Day 1

  • Rebecca S. Bigler, University of Texas at Austin, will speak about the development of social stereotyping and prejudice in children.
  • Adam F. Rutland, University of Exeter, will discuss how the role of group processes in social exclusion and resource allocation relates to children’s development of prejudice and/or discrimination.

Day 2

  • David R. Williams, Harvard University, will address the impacts of discrimination on health from a national and international perspective.
  • Robert M. Sellers, University of Michigan, will speak on the effect of race on the psychological distress, mental health and self-confidence of African American youth.

Day 3

  • Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, will talk about her recent applied work promoting ethnic identity and research on the role of ethnic identity as a cultural resilience tool.
  • Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, University of Massachusetts, will present on how implicit stereotypes about STEM ability impact adolescents' self-concept in middle school; especially for girls and students of color. She will also identify what types of learning environments reduce these implicit biases.

Registration and Housing

If you are currently registered for Construction of the 'Other' and wish (or hope) to attend on the new dates, you can remain registered and need not take action with SRCD. If you prefer a full refund at this time, please email If you registered for an additional Latinx Caucus-sponsored excursion, those fees will be automatically refunded to you.

We have been alerted by the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort that they are cancelling all reservations and providing a refund of any deposit monies. If you had reservations at the Wyndham, you will receive an e-mail cancellation confirmation from the hotel. Reservations made at any other locations will need to be cancelled directly with the venue or modified for the new meeting dates in December. Updated housing link coming soon.

Registration Rates and Housing information

Airport shuttle

SRCD has arranged discounted airport shuttle service to and from the meeting hotel. All previous shuttle reservations have been cancelled. Use this updated airport shuttle link to book your December discounted shuttle service to and from the​ Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico.​ The closest airport is the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU).


Sights of Puerto Rico Fundrasing Excursions

While registering for the Construction of the 'Other' Special Topic Meeting, you may also register for any of the three cultural activities organized by the SRCD Latinx Caucus. Proceeds support the early career awards sponsored by the Latinx Caucus.

If you registered for an additional Latinx-sponsored excursion, those fees will be automatically refunded to you. You will have the opportunity to register again when the excursions are rescheduled.


Diversity Travel Awards

The deadline for applications has passed (Wednesday, February 13, 2020). Applications are currently under review.


  • Applicants must be from one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, country, culture, transgender, sexual orientation, first-generation college status, and disability status.
  • Applicants must be an author on a symposium presentation, paper or poster accepted for presentation at the meeting that focuses on reducing inequality and is aligned with the mission of the William T Grant Foundation. Priority will be given to applicants who are the presenting author.
  • SRCD membership is not required to apply, but by the time of the meeting in May 2020, awardees must be either current graduate student members of SRCD who have not received their doctoral degree OR early career members of SRCD who received their doctoral degree after January 1, 2015.

Call for Submissions

Decision notifications have been emailed to all submitters. If you have not received a decision email, please contact To view your submission, please log in with your existing SRCD credentials.

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