Psychologically Wise Strategies to Support Belonging in a Diverse College Community

Psychologically Wise Strategies to Support Belonging in a Diverse College Community

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 2:00pm
4-332 (Pappalardo Room)
 

Registration is requested.

In this talk, Greg Walton will describe seminal research exploring the factors that shape students’ feelings of belonging in demanding academic environments, factors that can give rise to inequalities, and how interventions that address these issues can promote equity and raise achievement, sometimes over months and years, to benefit both individuals and institutions.

Greg Walton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Much of his research investigates psychological processes that contribute to major social problems and how “wise” interventions that target these processes can address such problems and help people flourish, even over long periods of time. Dr. Walton focuses on fundamental ways in which people make sense of themselves, other people, and social situations, how meanings people draw can be counterproductive and self-reinforcing (e.g., “People like me don’t belong here”) and how they can be altered to cause lasting benefits to individuals and to society.