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Recruiting and Retaining Women in STEM

December 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Stereotypes can undermine performance without a particular person embodying the stereotype, and actually stereotyping people. This stereotype threat occurs when people are in a situation where a negative identity-based stereotype can be applied to their performance.  This type of threat has been demonstrated to undermine women’s performance in STEM in the university environment.  In this plenary talk, Dr. Spencer will discuss what has been learned in social psychology about creating the right type of environment where the pressure of stereotypes do not exist, and women can succeed in that environment in ways that actually speak to their actual true potential, which can help women thrive in STEM.  Changing the university environment to support this shift means addressing the stereotypes at multiple levels, with multiple different audiences.  This includes creating more inclusive, diverse environments in which women are more likely to succeed and thrive, and provide women with tools to help deal with the stereotypes in the environment that can impair their performance.

Snacks and beverages will be served before the plenary starting at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Alumni Auditorium(2nd Floor CAW Student Centre UofW)


December 2, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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