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Psychology Diversity Week Colloquium and Awards Presentation: Dr. Onnie Rogers

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Dr. Onnie Rogers, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University

Abstract: Both society and psychological science are deeply grounded in (and often perpetuate) racism. Diversifying our field is important but disrupting the racism in our science is essential. While human development is inextricable from structural racism and hierarchies of oppression, too often developmental research locates processes in the micro-level of individuals and relationships, ultimately obscuring how intimately macro-level forces shape development. In this talk, I draw on the concept of “m(ai)cro” to explicitly intersect the individual and society in our discussion of human development (Rogers, Niwa et al., 2021) and illustrate how this approach guides my research program on race and identity toward disrupting racism – in science and society.

About the speaker: Dr. Leoandra Onnie Rogers is an associate professor of psychology and director of the Development of Identities in Cultural Environments (D.I.C.E) research lab at the Northwestern University. A developmental psychologist and identity scholar, Rogers is interested in the mechanisms through which macro-level structures and ideologies of privilege and oppression are both perpetuated and disrupted at the micro-level of identities and relationships. Her projects examine how children and adolescents make sense of their intersecting racial, ethnic and gender identities in relation to oppressive ideologies and stereotypes; how identity processes shape and are shaped by sociocultural contexts and interpersonal interactions; and the ways in which young people resist oppression and construct counternarratives and pathways toward liberation.

Rogers received her PhD in developmental psychology from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and holds a BA in psychology and educational studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

* The winners of the Department of Psychology Diversity Awards will be announced following Dr. Rogers’s presentation.