Policies and Technology

Building Institutions of Inclusion: Educational, Organizational, and Political Inclusion

Group exclusion can often be a byproduct of the power struggle between "us" versus "them." Technology offers a powerful mechanism for mediating or accelerating these effects, but is critically understudied in the scholarship of inclusion. Communication, both verbal and through other means, is central to signaling to others that they are safe, wanted, and welcome, but even a well-intentioned message can break down, leading to fissures on group cohesion or isolation on the fringes. This research group focus on how marginalization in organizational, political, and academic settings can be addressed through various technological affordances and processes of civil communication. It examines subjects such as:

  • How individuals seek out group-related information through social media outlets
  • How technology can assist in decrypting individuals' tendencies toward diverse inclusive/exclusive behaviors (e.g., experience sampling, big data, etc.) 
  • What social networking patterns and biodata can reveal about individuals' proclivities toward inclusive behaviors
  • The individually and structurally-embedded motivators and for civil and inclusive communication
  • Best practices in effectively and bilaterally communicating inclusive messages

Meetings are currently facilitated by James McCann (mccannj@purdue.edu) and Ximena Arriaga (arriaga@purdue.edu).

Meetings Schedule

Next meeting: Friday, December 1st, 4:30-5:00pm, WALC 1087.* (see monthly calendar)

All are welcome to informally attend. To formally register with the Consortium, contact consortium@purdue.edu.

*All meetings are subject to change. Please check the Consortium's calendar for the most up-to-date information.

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