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The Centennial Niemeyer Series

Stereotype Threat: How it Affects Us and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Claude M. Steele
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley
Author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

With a response by
Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Followed by Audience Questions & Answers 

Dr. Claude M. SteeleDr. Claude M. Steele is an American social scientist, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley, and author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and what We Can Do.

Reporting to and working in close partnership with the Chancellor, the EVCP plays a critical role in developing and implementing UC Berkeley’s vision and priorities and is the Chancellor’s leading senior executive responsible for their execution and implementation. As the chief academic officer of the Berkeley campus, the EVCP has leadership responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of all academic programs, policies, and supporting infrastructure.

Claude M. Steele served as the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University from 2011-2014. As dean he led the school toward a deeper engagement in public education, including the renewal and expansion of a partnership between the school and the San Francisco Unified School District. From 2009-2011, Steele served as the 21st Provost of Columbia University, where he led and implemented academic policies and plans for the university, including a major initiative to enhance support for the basic sciences. While at Columbia, he was responsible for managing the work of the university’s faculty, departments, research centers and institutes, as well as oversight of the university’s budget and financial planning.

Steele is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. 

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About the Niemeyer Series

The John H. Niemeyer Series comprises lectures and symposia focused on urgent matters of educational interest. The Series is dedicated to the memory of John H. Niemeyer for his leadership in helping Bank Street College to become a national voice for children beyond practice and into policy.

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