"The Psychology of Colorblindness"


Friday, April 12, 2013
2:00pm - 3:30 pm
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Cornell Hall D-310


What psychologically fuels Whites¹ attraction to racial colorblindness? What are the correlates and outcomes of colorblindness, both in terms of Whites¹ race-related attitudes and behaviors and effects on racial minorities?  What are the implications for individuals and organizations when some Whites are colorblind with respect to their own identity (i.e., what we term ³racial denial²)?   More broadly, how does denying the role of race in policy-making (such as restrictive immigration laws) predict support for those policies?  Finally, do Whites actually view undocumented immigrants with a blind eye to race?  After addressing these questions with preliminary and published data, I will discuss implications for education, workplace, and legal contexts.


About the Speaker:


Vicky Plaut

Dr. Plaut's research on diversity, culture, and inclusion aims to address the challenges and opportunities of working, living, and learning in diverse environments. Her recent projects on diversity include studies related to diversity climate, diversity resistance, perceptions of inclusion, colorblind vs. multicultural models of diversity, models of deafness and disability, and gender diversity and recruitment, among others. She also has a related line of work on cultural psychology, including cultural models of success, self, well-being, relationship, and law. At Berkeley Law, Dr. Plaut's research and classes focus on incorporating empirical psychological research related to issues of diversity and culture into the design of legal institutions and organizations.



Presented by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management and Organizations Speaker Series
Cosponsored by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the UCLA Institute for American Culture