2003-01-06 Lakeshore Press Expert in stereotyping to speak at '03 summit

Expert in stereotyping to speak at ’03 summit
Lakeshore Press

It’s duly documented: People stereotype people. Now, social psychologists are pushing beyond documentation to research how stereotyping relates to a person’s attitudes, and how these attitudes predict his or her behaviors.

Dr. John F. Dovidio, an explorer on the frontier of spontaneous stereotyping, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Ottawa Area Summit on Racism, which will be held Feb. 11 at Hope College. Dovidio is the Charles A. Dana professor of psychology at Colgate University, where he also is provost and dean of the faculty. Dovidio also is editor-elect of the “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology-Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes.”

His research interests include stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; social power and nonverbal communication; altruism and helping. He has published more than 100 books, articles and chapters on these topics. He and Samuel L. Gaertner won the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize in 1985 and 1998 for their work on hostile racism and ways to reduce bias. Dovidio shared the same prize in 2000 with Kerry Kawakami for their work on curtailing spontaneous stereotyping.

The Summit on Racism is sponsored by the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance and hosted by Hope College in collaboration with the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony, Core City and Latin Americans United for Progress. An annual summit is part of LEDA’s five-year plan to bring members of the community together to identify racism as a pressing issue, design and implement plans for dismantling racial barriers and foster racial inclusion. More than 200 people from along the Lakeshore currently are working on developing and implementing these strategies.

Registration booklets for the2003 summit are being mailed out this week. For more information, see the LEDA Web site at www.ethnicdiversity.org.