The Black Scholar Series: Dr. Sa-kiera “Kiera” Hudson
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Tuesday, April 16, 2023
11:00 – 12:30 PM CT
Main Lecture: The Divergence Between Descriptive and Normative Expectations for Gay Men and Lesbian Women
Previous research has shown people hold an implicit gender inversion assumption regarding descriptive stereotypes of gay men and lesbian women. More specifically, people believe that the hobbies and preferences of gay men are similar to straight women while lesbian women are similar to straight men. However, what is not well understood is whether gender inversion assumptions also underlie normative perceptions of what gay men and lesbian women should do and be. Across several studies we show a divergence between descriptive and prescriptive stereotypes, as gender inversion does not adequately explain what traits people believed were desired of gay men and lesbian women. The data suggest that individuals do not generally differentiate gay men and lesbian women based on gender the same way gender is used to differentiate straight men and women. Instead, gay men and lesbian women are assumed to exhibit low status, and incompetent, traits and abilities in gendered domains.
12:45 – 1:45 PM CT
Affinity Session: The Affinity Session provides the opportunity for Black students, staff, and faculty to come together in community with each other and the visiting scholar to collectively reflect on their realities of being Black and in the field of psychology.
3:00 – 4:00 PM CT
Special Session: Balancing Work and Life In Spaces not Built for You
Today I want to have a conversation about how to pursue our scholarly goals without sacrificing your sense of self. It’s important for all scholars, but it’s even more important when you have to manage these tensions as a minoritized person within academia. I am first going to talk about the difference between approaching work-life balance like juggling or cooking. Next, I am going to talk about barriers to balance, and in particular one big one, imposter syndrome. However, there are two types and we often only hear one form articulated. Then we are going to talk about overcoming barriers to imposter syndrome through rejecting many of the norms of academia that were created for only one type of scholar. Finally, I am going to end with more of a broad overview on how to approach planning.
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