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Spring 2019 Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series


Registration: Texas A&M student employees, faculty, and staff can register here.
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Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, Dr. Steele 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. Dr. Steele will 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 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Dr. Steele will also explore the psychological significance of community and its role in learning.  
Dr. Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. 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.
He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University. Professor Steele holds Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, DePaul University and Claremont Graduate University. He is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Directors and on the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Professor Steele is a Fellow for the American Institutes for Research and the American Academy of Political and Social Science and serves on the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab.
He has served in several major academic leadership positions as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley, the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, and as the 21st Provost of Columbia University. Past 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.

How and Why Libraries can be a Hub for Diversity on Today’s Campus

Presenters: David Carlson, Dean, University Libraries and Patrick Zinn, Director of Marketing & Communications, University Libraries

Audience Knowledge: Novice – Limited or no experience, training, and/or personal reflection discussing racism, privilege, and other social justice issues and identifying personal biases, prejudices, and identity

Program Description: This presentation explores the opportunities an academic library has in playing a role in diversity efforts on their campus. The Texas A&M University Libraries see themselves as a "home away from home" for students, providing an opportunity to create spaces where all feel welcomed with messages of inclusion and understanding. This presentation will provide specific examples of how they activated their own voice by developing a wide-range of diversity programming designed to work in tandem with the University’s efforts to develop a more inclusive campus.

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Location: 601 Rudder Tower
Time: 11:30 am – 100 pm

Registration: Texas A&M student employees, faculty, and staff can register here. If you need assistance registering, please email or call the Office for Diversity at 979-458-2905.