Cydney Dupree, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Management at Yale University
Title: Crossing Status Divides: Stereotypes, Strategies, and Solutions
Abstract: Intergroup interactions can be difficult, particularly those that occur between members of traditionally high-status and low-status groups. Well-intentioned majorities (i.e., White liberals) may find themselves unintentionally contributing to this problem by engaging in well-meaning, but ultimately patronizing, verbal behavior. Racial minorities who are more supportive of inequality (i.e., Black or Latinx conservatives) may give themselves a leg up by reversing stereotypes through speech. In this talk, I present a series of studies that examine how White Americans and racial minorities reverse negative stereotypes via language—potentially impacting who gets along and who gets ahead in an increasingly diverse world.