Publication Date

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Sarah Gaither, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University for a public lecture entitled Multiple Identities: Multiple Sources

Sarah Gaither, Ph.D.

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Sarah Gaither, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University


for a public lecture entitled
Multiple Identities: Multiple Sources of Threat & Belonging
Thursday, September 19, 2019
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 005


Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


We all have multiple identities—race, gender, age, sexual orientation, occupation, etc. However, psychology research has traditionally focused on the effects stemming from one identity (i.e., race OR gender), rather than trying to measure how belonging to multiple groups may actually shift our behavior or change how we react when under threat. With today’s society becoming increasingly diverse, it is important for research to examine how exposure to and interactions with diversity affects the various perspectives and experiences we have. In my talk, I will explore: 1) how belonging to multiple groups shapes how we respond to identity-relevant threats; 2) how a multifaceted sense of self may boost flexible thinking; and 3) how interactions with diverse others can shift our definitions of ingroup. In sum, this talk will push our existing notions of identity research to be more inclusive of multiple identification and the variation that exists across diverse settings.