Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo

When You See It, You Can Be It, and When You Don’t See It, Find an Ally

Belongingness has important implications for success, and when people are underrepresented in a field, they question their belonging. Role models (i.e., faculty and/or more advanced students that students feel similar to and aspire to be like) encourage students’ research identity and interest in research-focused careers, but, for minoritized students, finding a role model can be challenging. Allies (i.e., dominant group members who acknowledge systemic bias and actively work to combat it) thus play an important role in supporting and advancing students with marginalized identities. This talk will review recent findings regarding role models and allies, and will provide students with advice for finding such people to help them achieve their goals.

Dr. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo is a Professor of Psychology, Founding Director of the IUPUI Applied Social and Organizational Psychology doctoral program and Director of the IUPUI Industrial/Organizational Psychology master’s program. Her work focuses on documenting racial and gender disparities in academia, healthcare, and other organizations; as well as individual and organizational strategies to reduce prejudice and foster inclusivity. Dr. Ashburn-Nardo's research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology; and she is a Faculty Associate in IUPUI’s STEM Education Innovation & Research Institute. During the 2021-22 academic year, Dr. Ashburn-Nardo is serving as Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellow in IUPUI’s Office of Academic Affairs, where she is applying her research to issues of recruitment, advancement, and retention of marginalized faculty.