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Distinguished Scholar Lecture April 30, 2022
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 10:50 AM - 12:15 PM CDT
Category: Distinguished Scholar Lecture (CE)

Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Understanding and Preventing Social Stereotyping and Prejudice in Children: Insights from Developmental Science

Speaker: Rebecca Bigler, Ph.D.

This presentation is designed for psychologists, other mental health professionals, and students and faculty.

Time:  This in-person session runs from 10:50 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

Registration: 10:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Program: 10:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
Hill Ballroom
West of Snelling between Grand and Summit

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Level:  Introductory: Assumes post-doctoral education status and limited familiarity with topic.                                                                             

This program qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits.           

About the Program:  

Most children show evidence of social stereotyping and prejudice well before they enter kindergarten. Importantly, these biases concerning race, gender, attractiveness, weight, etc. affect their cognitive, social, and emotional development, often in ways that serve to limit (rather than maximize) their potential. In this talk, Dr. Bigler will summarize findings from psychological science concerning the causes and consequences of children’s social stereotyping and prejudice, and provide concrete recommendations for how best to minimize and prevent such biases among youth.

Participants will be able to:

1. Define stereotyping and prejudice and describe at what age they emerge among children.
2. Identify the weakness of interventions aimed at reducing children's stereotyping and prejudice.
3. Identify three environmental factors that cause children to categorize others by attributes such as gender and race.
4. Recommend three strategies for preventing and reducing children's stereotyping and prejudice.

About the Presenter:

Rebecca Bigler, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist known for hir research on social stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. In particular, ze studies the causes and consequences of social stereotyping and prejudice among children, and ze has worked to develop and test intervention strategies aimed at reducing children’s social stereotyping and intergroup biases. Dr. Bigler received a B.A. degree from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in Developmental Psychology. Ze is a Professor Emeritx of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where ze received numerous awards for exemplary teaching (e.g., the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship). Outside of work, Dr. Bigler enjoys traveling, visiting museums, and spending time with family.

This speaker has indicated no conflicts of interest to report.

Continuing Education Credit:
The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations to make this event accessible, please contact Katie Benson at [email protected] or 952-928-4657.

To Register:

Registration Pricing:

Registration Type Pricing
No CE Credit Free
Professional Seeking CE Certificate $20
Student Seeking CE Certificate $5

MPA wants all members to have access to quality CE opportunities. If you are an MPA member and due to COVID-19 you are unable to work full time and can’t pay the full registration fee, please contact [email protected] to make other arrangements with staff.

Registration is closed.  

Click here to view and download a PDF program flyer and registration form.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.