Countering Discrimination: Combating Innate and Societal Biases
Despite widespread support for policies and programs aimed at tackling discrimination, more research is needed to identify which strategies are effective and in which contexts. Research in social psychology has developed several techniques to help individuals overcome their biases. While these have been shown to be effective in lab settings, there has been little work to study such strategies in real-world contexts. Doing so is essential for incorporating them into everyday programs in order to effectively promote equity.
In our upcoming webinar, Countering Discrimination: Combating Innate and Societal Biases, panelists will discuss the need for more evidence around effective programs to combat discriminatory practices (e.g. racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia etc.).
This webinar will showcase an example of interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research focused on prejudice reduction. This will be followed by a panel discussion, where researchers and practitioners will discuss how rigorous, interdisciplinary research can help inform anti-discrimination programing, as well as highlight areas for future research.
An audience Q&A session will follow.
Introductions and opening remarks (10 mins)
Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
Insights on leveraging interdisciplinary efforts for policy research: Using randomized evaluations to improve inclusion of refugee children in schools (15 mins)
Sule Alan, Professor of Economics at the European University Institute, Florence and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Bilkent University, Turkey
Panel discussion: How can research insights be applied to programs seeking to reduce bias and discrimination? (30 mins)
- Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
- Diag Davenport, Behavioral Science PhD student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- Jenan Mohajir, Senior Director of Special Projects at Interfaith Youth Core
- Sule Alan, Professor of Economics at the European University Institute, Florence and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Bilkent University, Turkey
Q&A with audience (15 mins)