IDN Mentoring Conference: Feb 8-9, 2017
Strategies for Student and Faculty Mentors

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology—Columbia University

For the past 50 years social psychologists have attempted to uncover how stereotypes, discrimination, and bias in our institutions undermines learning, development and achievement. Much of this research has culminated in a deep understanding of stereotype threat. In recent years, psychologists have turned to ask the question, "What can we do to inoculate students from stereotypes and bias so that they can thrive?" This talk will share what we have learned. Specifically, research tells us that focusing on what underrepresented students come to understand about the subtle messages of acceptance or rejection that schools convey can be a powerful leverage point for change. I will share a series of experiments and insights centering on lifting student motivation and achievement by targeting the messages mentors convey.

Keynote Address Video Recording

References on Mentoring Underrepresented Students