Why humans engage in racism, sexism, religious hatred, and xenophobia

Why humans engage in racism, sexism, religious hatred, and xenophobia

Posted on February 21, 2020

Overview of Feb. 19 Talk by Sandra Donnay

Why do humans engage in discrimination? How is discrimination socially (i.e., microaggressions) and structurally maintained? What is the impact of unintended discrimination? How can you reduce your participation in discrimination and become more culturally competent? A presentation and workshop discussion on this topic was held at the municipal courtroom on February 19, 2020, where these questions were explored and participants discussed the realities in our society, and how to build a more resilient community.  It was a well-attended and insightful meeting where participants were given tools to combat prejudice and discrimination based on common stereotypes.

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Donnay holds both a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Fordham University and New York University, respectively. She is particularly interested in how issues of ethnicity and race impact child development. Her dissertation examined the influences of parental racial socialization and adolescents’ ethnic identity status on the relationship between discrimination distress and depressive symptoms for African American, Asian, and Latinx adolescents. She has also conducted research on how early life stress impacts cognitive performance in adulthood and old age, as well as on how intelligence stereotypes influence the academic performance of African American college students.

Dr. Donnay conducts anti-bias workshops in varied community contexts with the aim of helping participants understand why discrimination occurs, and how they can reduce unintended discrimination practices. Her workshops involve the synthesizing and dissemination of scholarly work to help participants understand: Why do humans engage in discrimination? How is discrimination socially (i.e., microaggressions) and structurally maintained? What is the impact of unintended discrimination? How can participants reduce their participation in discrimination, and become more culturally competent? Participants will gain the tools to combat prejudice/discrimination based on common stereotypes.

Dr. Donnay is currently a Fellow at Penn State’s Research to Policy Collaboration, where she informs policy makers on scientific work related to a variety of child and family topics, including preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.

About Montgomery Mosaic:

This group is dedicated to overcoming prejudice and discrimination in our community through dialogue and education. Established in light of a bias crime in Montgomery, we hope to proactively work towards a more cohesive social fabric. We have decided to consider ourselves part of the Not In Our Town movement because it is “a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.” This is a grassroots movement inspired by the idea that real change happens at the local level. The meetings will be open to all members of the community who wish to learn and connect with others.

Source: One Montgomery  / Montgomery Mosaic