Recent events on campus (and in our nation) have revealed that the Princeton community could benefit from learning more about empirical research on inequality and thinking through how to translate that research into successful strategies for reducing inequality. In the fall of 2015, Professor Stacey Sinclair and Professor J. Nicole Shelton facilitated a year-long series called the Inequality Science Series in the hopes of making a positive impact on the campus. The Inequality Science Series were funded and co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology, the Department of African American Studies, and The Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy. In the first year, the Inequality Science Series featured four speakers in the Fall semester, and five speakers in the Spring semester. The series will continue at Princeton, bringing at least one speaker per academic year to deliver an Inequality Science talk. Speakers will be announced on the Department of Psychology events page.
The series was developed in hopes of fostering a scientific, but accessible dialogue on inequality, diversity, and inclusion on our campus, and throughout the nation. Our general aim is to bring together eminent researchers, faculty on campus, academic administrators, students, and community leaders to discuss inequality science as well as think about best practices this science translates into.
– Stacey Sinclair, Professor of Psychology & African American Studies
Several other initiatives have been launched to improve the climate on Princeton’s campus.
Visit inclusive.princeton.edu for information about addition programs.
Princeton Climate Improvement in the Press
From Princeton Magazine |
At Princeton, there’s been no wasting of time toward this end: early in October the Department of African American Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, and the Princeton Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy, presented the first of six programs in what is being called the “Inequality Science Series.” Subtitled “Wise Ideas and Best Practices to Close Achievements Gaps,” the first program was moderated by Princeton University Dean of the College Jill Dolan. Panelists included Geoff Cohen, of Stanford University’s Graduate Schools of Education and Business; Greg Walton, from Stanford’s Psychology Department, and Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, of Columbia University’s Department of Psychology. Sharing the premise that “inequality has a psychological dimension to it,” their presentations got down to nitty-gritty behaviors observed in laboratory situations that have the potential to be “tilted” in order to obtain different outcomes. “Small things” can have big results, they suggest. Instead of dismissing an inadequate response to a question, some “wise criticism” about how an answer might be improved says, “I believe in you” to the student and paves the way for continuing efforts that result in more polished performances. Future “Inequality Science Series” presentations will also include speakers from other universities as well as members of the Princeton community, and will examine gaps in medicine, housing, and linguistics. In her introduction to the October program, Dolan cited last year’s uptick in student activism on campus, and wondered about the tensions between assimilating into Princeton’s traditions and changing them. (Read More)