Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Science and Storytelling of Unconscious Bias in Education

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s body of work and legacy, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning invites you to a live virtual event with Dr. Valerie Purdie-Greenaway. The webinar is designed to strengthen understanding of the scientific evidence and community stories that showcase the effects of unconscious bias and stereotype threat in education.

The webinar will highlight research on how insider/outsider dynamics are created and outline the critical components needed to build trust and create inclusive environments where diverse social groups thrive and succeed. This conversation with Dr. Purdie-Greenaway will provide examples of how well-designed systems and programs, coupled with intentional individual action, can better support the diverse populations ACT and its stakeholders serve.


Date: January 31, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., CT
Duration: 45 minutes


Valerie Purdie-Greenaway Valerie Purdie-Greenaway is an American social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. She holds an affiliate position as Professor of Management at Columbia Business School.

She is best known for her work investigating how social environments and people’s understanding of their experiences in them cause insider/outsider dynamics. Her second stream of research organizes and make sense of scientific evidence related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She explores how science experts and lay people come to trust scientific evidence related to DEI and whether such scientific evidence inspires behavior change. The ultimate goal motivating all of her research is help develop and foster inclusive environments that allow diverse social groups to thrive and succeed.

Dr. Purdie-Greenaway has authored more than 60 publications that have appeared in journals such as Science, Science Advances, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Psychological Science. She has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation and the Spencer Foundation. Currently, she also serves on the editorial board of Psychological Review. Dr. Purdie-Greenaway is a thought leader on strategies to enhance DEI in organizations.

She holds an A.B. in psychology from Columbia University (CC ’93) where she lettered in varsity basketball. She also holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University where she trained under Claude Steele.


Tina GridironTina Gridiron is vice president for ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, where she strives to build, enhance, and embed equity across the ACT enterprise. By strengthening and supporting ACT’s internal DEI efforts and building collaborations with external equity-focused leaders and organizations, Gridiron helps to support ACT’s broader efforts to close equity gaps in opportunity and outcomes in the education and workforce arenas. Prior to joining ACT in 2019, Tina led grant initiatives as an officer and director for Lumina Foundation, and she has over 20 years of experience as a higher education professional with a deep commitment to data-informed action, equity-informed research, and culturally responsive policy. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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