Leading through Paradigm Shifts

Laura Freebairn-Smith

Profound paradigm shifts are happening everywhere. Recent crises and long-simmering ones have been both devastating and brilliantly unsettling. Deeply held beliefs about what is possible and how fast change can occur have been uprooted and tossed out – creating both positive and destructive change. The extraordinarily rapid erosion of democracies around the world due to escalating propagation of disinformation is …

Impact of Gender Pay Inequity on Morale and Work Culture – Psychology Today

Laura Freebairn-Smith

“The gender pay gap is both completely visible and invisible at the same time. The statistics and data are readily available and well-analyzed from many sources – institutes, governments, universities. And yet, we– whether by family unit, organization, state, or country – as a collective culture, tolerate this extremely well-documented form of discrimination. Inside most organizations, other than the public sector, …

Understanding Bias toward Latinos: Discrimination, Dimensions of Difference, and Experience of Exclusion

Agata Gluszek Fostering Diversity

Agata Gluszek, John F. Dovidio Published in “Journal of Social Issues,” Volume 66, Issue 1, March 2010. Abstract: White–Black relations have historically been the defining form of intergroup relations in the study of prejudice and discrimination. The present article suggests that there are limitations to applying this model to understanding bias toward other groups and proposes that a comprehensive view of …

The Way They Speak: A Social Psychological Perspective on the Stigma of Nonnative Accents in Communication

Agata Gluszek Fostering Diversity

Agata Gluszek, John F. Dovidio Published in “Personality and Social Psychology Review,” Volume 14, May 2010. Abstract: The present review seeks to bridge research on accents, stigma, and communication by examining the empirical literature on nonnative accents, considering the perspectives of both speakers and listeners. The authors suggest that an accent, or one’s manner of pronunciation, differs from other types of …

Stereotypes: On What Basis Do We Judge?

Laura Freebairn-Smith Fostering Diversity

Laura Freebairn-Smith Published in “Organizational Development Practitioner,” Issue 38 (2), 2006. © Laura Freebairn-Smith and Organizational Design and Development Associates. “Stereotyping is a process by which individuals are viewed as members of groups and the information that we have stored in our minds about the group is ascribed to the individual.” (Cox Jr., 1994) Many diversity theories show that individuals …

Speaking With a Nonnative Accent: Perceptions of Bias, Communication Difficulties, and Belonging in the United States

Agata Gluszek Fostering Diversity

Agata Gluszek, John F. Dovidio Published in “Journal of Language and Social Psychology,” Volume 29, June 2010. Abstract: Whereas past research on nonnative accents has focused on the attitudes and perceptions of listeners, the current research explores the experiences of speakers with nonnative accents. Two studies investigated the role of nonnative accents and their strength in perceptions of stigmatization and discrimination, …

Social Psychological Orientations and Accent Strength

Agata Gluszek Fostering Diversity

Agata Gluszek, Anna-Kaisa Newheiser, John F. Dovidio Published in “Journal of Language and Social Psychology,” Volume 30, March 2011. Abstract: Past research has focused on demographic and skill-acquisition variables, such as age of arrival and length of residence in the host country, to predict accent strength in a nonnative language. The present research investigated the relationships between accent strength and …

Language Attitudes in the Americas

Agata Gluszek Fostering Diversity

Agata Gluszek, Karolina Hansen Published in “The Social Meanings of Language, Dialect, and Accent,” Volume 16, 2013. For more information or to purchase this article, click here.

Accents Trump Skin Color

Agata Gluszek Fostering Diversity

Agata Gluszek Published in “Scientific American Mind,” Volume 21, 2010. Children, like adults, use three visible cues—race, gender and age—to arrange their social world. They prefer to make friends with kids similar to them on these traits. For more information or to purchase this article, click here.