Women of color (WOC) report a lack of belonging and comfort in environments where they are underrepresented, and introducing a relatable role model may be one tool to address these concerns. The present studies examine how framing a potential role model as an ally for women of color can be used as a potential intervention to boost WOC’s belonging in environments where they are underrepresented.
Dr. India R. Johnson is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Elon University. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from the The Ohio State University in 2012 and her research revolves around issues that relate to stereotyping, prejudice, and social identity. Her most recent work focuses on interventions geared towards increasing belonging and trust among those who identify with negatively stereotyped groups – women, ethnic and racial minorities, women of color – in environments where these identities are underrepresented and/or threatened. Dr. Johnson and her research collaborator are currently the recipients of multiple grants, including the Spencer Foundation.