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Schedule for 2012-2013 (our 11th year!
(last updated 08/17/2012)

TFD meets in the CATL Conference Room (Wing 161) on the second Wednesday of the month from 12:00 to 12:45.  Feel free to choose individual sessions if you cannot attend every one, and bring your lunch!

Topic for the year:  A Stereotype-Threat-Free Campus

Fall 2012    161 Wing (CATL Conference Room)                Jump to Spring 2013

Sept. 12     What is Stereotype Threat?  And What Can We Do About It?

In general, the term refers to a very well-documented phenomenon:  that people underperform in settings where a negative stereotype about a group to which they belong is active.  We'll watch the three short videos linked here together, then discuss how to implement.  The Values Affirmation approach would work well in courses. The Social Belonging Interventions and Attribution Interventions might work especially well for Student Affairs folk, outside of a classroom setting.  They can also work will within a course.   

To learn more, read Claude Steele, Whistling Vivaldi  You need not read anything to participate in these workshops.

Our goal for this year will be to design some interventions this fall, implement them in the spring, gauge their effectiveness, redesign them if necessary, and examine additional options.  Deb will draft the IRB protocol and consult with Institutional Research on data collection.  Working in teams strongly encouraged. 

Oct.  10      Design session

Deb will provide specific examples from the literature on the Values Affirmation, Social Belonging Interventions, and Attribution Interventions we learned about last time (watch the linked videos in advance of this session if you could not attend last time).  We will figure out how to modify them for our specific settings. 

Nov. 14      Design session

Deb will provide specific examples from the literature on the Values Affirmation, Social Belonging Interventions, and Attribution Interventions we learned about last time (watch the linked videos in advance of this session if you could not attend last time).  We will complete our modifications today. 

Spring 2012  161 Wing (CATL Conference Room)

Feb. 13       Stereotype threat for dominant-group members

Very recent studies indicate that white folk may avoid interacting with people of color on racially important topics not so much because they are prejudiced, but because they fear enacting the stereotypes of racism.  Other studies are in progress about other populations.  What does this social distance mean in a university setting -- especially in diversity-centered courses or for mentoring students across some relevant social hierarchy -- and what can we do about it?  

Mar. 13        How else might we tackle stereotype threat?

Studies indicate that the more messages students receive about whether they belong, the worse their underperformance is likely to be in settings where the negative stereotype matters.  Where might various students get such messages, and what can we do about them? 

Apr.  10       Discuss Interventions

Who tried an intervention?  How did it go?  Were there barriers to actually doing it?  Could you tell whether it had an impact?  Does something need tweeking?  Let's talk it over. 

May 8         Sharing Interventions

How might we convince colleagues to try these interventions?  What would be convincing to your colleagues?  Should we collect intervention protocols and share them online? Collect data?  Do a poster session at the next Conference on Teaching and Learning? 

To ask about this website:   Deb Hoskins