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

May 4 - 6, 2020 | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA
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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.


Invited speakers

Monday, May 4, 2020

  • Rebecca S. Bigler, University of Texas at Austin, will speak about the development of social stereotyping and prejudice in children.
  • Andrew R. Nesdale, Griffith University, will talk on children’s development of prejudice.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  • 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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • 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.

SRCD has negotiated a discounted rate for meeting attendees at a resort in Puerto Rico. The link to book a room will be included in decision notifications by the end of December.

  • Hotel Rate: $169/night (honored 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting depending upon room availability; single or double occupancy only; $40/night for each additional guest in the room.)
  • Discounted shuttle to and from San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU).

Call for Submissions [CLOSED]

The deadline for submissions has passed (Wednesday, October 16, 2019). Submissions are currently under review. Decision notifications are expected to be sent by the end of December 2019. To view your submission, please log in with your existing SRCD credentials.

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