Belonging and inclusive Climate

  • Livingstone, A. G., Fernández Rodríguez, L., & Rothers, A. (2020). “They just don't understand us”: The role of felt understanding in intergroup relationsJournal of Personality and Social Psychology. 119, 633-656.
  • Byline summary: What helps people from different groups get along, especially when their groups historically have had tense relationships? Felt understanding helps, as when people believe that their values and perspective will be understood and accepted by members of other groups. Felt understanding leads to greater trust and willingness to interact with members of groups who historically have been in conflict with one’s own group.
  • Updated June 1st, 2020
  • O’Brien, L. T., Bart, H. L., & Garcia, D. M. (2020). Why are there so few ethnic minorities in ecology and evolutionary biology? Challenges to inclusion and the role of sense of belongingSocial Psychology of Education, 23, 1-29.
  • Byline summary: This research suggests that underrepresented minority students pursue ecology and evolutionary biology at lower rates than White students because of a lower inclusion and sense of belonging to these fields. The inclusion and sense of belonging were particularly lower among Black students. This research suggests promoting experiences with nature and outdoor environments could help students develop their interests to ecology and evolutionary biology.
  • Updated June 1st, 2020
  • Johnson, I. R., Pietri, E. S., Fullilove, F., & Mowrer, S. (2019). Exploring identity-safety cues and allyship among black women students in STEM environments. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43, 131-150.
  • Byline summary: Role models with shared racial identities and who are perceived to be allies can increase a sense of belonging and trust among Black women who pursue STEM fields. This article highlights the importance of establishing diversity and practicing allyship for minorities in educational institutions to promote the success of underrepresented minority students, including Black women.
  • Updated September 1st, 2020

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