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Black women have been historically excluded from STEM environments and face unique challenges stemming from their multiple marginalized identities. Lack of representation coupled with unsupportive STEM settings can lead Black women to question their belonging in STEM, and ultimately avoid STEM settings and careers in STEM altogether. In this talk, Dr. Johnson will explore the potential benefits of an allyship cue—an explicit signal indicating that a person acts to support the success of Black women—as a means to encourage Black women’s sense of belonging in organizational environments. Dr. Johnson will also discuss implications for cultivating environments that signal allyship for Black women.
This event is co-sponsored with the Harvard Women in Tech + Allies affinity group.
Please note that the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.
Dr. India R. Johnson is an associate professor in the department of psychology at Butler University, and the founder and principal consultant at Evolve Diversity Consulting Services. Broadly speaking, Dr. Johnson’s research examines interventions to support marginalized persons in organizational environments, and her work has been published in many top peer-reviewed journals in her field, such as Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. She has been awarded multiple grants for her work, including grant funding from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. Dr. Johnson resides in Indianapolis, IN with her husband, Ricky Courtney, and four daughters, Anjanée, Lyric, Ryvar, & Rylan.