Center on the Science of Diversity (CSD)

Distinguished Speaker Series

2009-2010 Speaker Schedule

October 23, 2009: Jonathan Pritchard, University of Chicago

November 13, 2009: Susan Opotow, City University of New York

April 9, 2010: Patricia Y. Gurin, The University of Michigan

May 7, 2010: Ilan H. Meyer, Columbia University

May 21, 2010: William T. Bielby, University of Illinois at Chicago

Past Series: See the Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 Schedules

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  Patricia Gurin

Friday, April 9, 2010
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Swift Hall 107

"Race and Gender Talk:  Why It Is Difficult and How Intergroup Dialogue Works”

Patricia Gurin | Homepage
University of Michigan, Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan

Patricia Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a Faculty Associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and of the Center for African and Afro-American Studies. She is the research director of the Program on Intergroup Relations.  A social psychologist, Dr. Gurin’s work has focused on social identity, the role of social identity in political attitudes and behavior, motivation and cognition in achievement settings, and the role of social structure in intergroup relations. She is the author of eight books and monographs and numerous articles on these topics. Dr. Gurin is an expert witness in the University of Michigan’s defense of its undergraduate and law school admissions policies. In collaboration with Sylvia Hurtado, Eric Dey, and Gerald Gurin, all of the Center for Post-Secondary and Higher Education at the University of Michigan, she provided the expert report on the Educational Value of Diversity for these lawsuits.

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  Ilan Meyer

Friday, May 7, 2010
Norris Center, Northwestern Room

Co-Sponsored with Northwestern's C2S (Cells-to-Society)

"Sexual Orientation and Disparities in Mental Health"

IIan Meyer | Homepage
Columbia University, Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences

Ilan H. Meyer is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Meyer’s research focuses on public health issues related to minority health, particularly the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination with mental health outcomes. Dr. Meyer has developed an influential model of minority stress that describes the relationship of social stressors and mental disorders and helps to explain LGBT health disparities. For this work, Meyer received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Meyer recently provided expert testimony in a major civil rights case related to the right of gay men and lesbians to marry in the United States (Perry v. Schwartzenegger). He is a co-editor with Mary E. Northridge of The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations (published by Springer in 2007). Dr. Meyer is the Principal Investigator of “Project Stride,” which explores the impact of social stress at the intersection of disadvantaged identities related to gender, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation as they impact mental health.

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  William Bielby

Friday, May 21, 2010
Norris Center, Northwestern Room

"Discrimination and Social Support in Organizations"

William T. Bielby | Homepage
University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of Sociology

William T. Bielby is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Professor Emeritus at University of California, Santa Barbara. At UIC he teaches courses on organizational behavior, research methods for the social sciences, quantitative methods, and discrimination. Currently, he is doing research on racial diversity at the top of corporate hierarchies and on gender bias in informal social networks within organizations. Recent publications include “‘Statistical Dueling’ with Unconventional Weapons: What Courts Should Know about Experts in Employment Discrimination Class Actions.” Emory Law Journal 2007 (with Pamela Coukos) and “Promoting Racial Diversity at Work: Challenges and Solutions,” in Diversity at Work, edited by Arthur P. Brief, 2008. Professor Bielby testifies frequently in class action employment discrimination cases. In 2007 his work was profiled in an article in Fortune titled “The War Over Unconscious Bias.”

Kellogg School of Management
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences