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'Identity and Stereotype Threat' is topic, April 6

"Identity and Stereotype Threat: Powerful Influences for Student Development, Achievement and Performance" is the title of a talk set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in McCosh 50.

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, professor of psychology at Yale University, will present the lecture, which is part of the Princeton Varsity Club Jake McCandless Speaker Series.

Purdie-Vaughns' primary area of research is stigma and intergroup processes with a focus on social identity threat. She gives particular emphasis to how organizations such as businesses and schools can inadvertently undermine the institutional trust and intellectual performance of underrepresented minorities.

Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Purdie-Vaughns served as director of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of the Southfield Village Public Housing Project in Stamford, Conn.

The McCandless Speaker Series strives to bring speakers to campus who will engage the Princeton community in topics that reflect the educational values inherent in the intercollegiate athletics experience. Co-sponsors of this event are the Pace Center and its Class Matters initiative.

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