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Project Title
"Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations "

Universiteit Utrecht - Social, Health and Organizational Psychology

PhD Student
Onur Sahin

Prof. Dr. Naomi Ellemers
Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn

1 July 2017 - 1 July 2021

Second (NWO/Dutch Science Foundation)


Stereotypes and prejudices reduce the chances of members of minority groups of successful job applications and climbing the corporate ladder. To reduce discrimination, we aim to investigate approaches that prevent stereotypes from affecting cognitions and behaviour. For example, since stereotypes or prejudices are based on groups, group membership can be made less salient by manipulating the context in which social interactions occur. This could encourage assessment on an individual level, e.g. during job applications.

                Another problem for minority groups is feeling excluded in organizations. Therefore, an inclusive culture needs to be established to provide both majority and minority members with the chance to be their authentic selves and make them feel like they belong in the organization. An additional obstacle is the visibility of belonging to a minority group. Studies show that people who are invisibly different than majority groups, like sexual minorities, report feelings of negative affect, anxiety and depression when they have to hide their identity.

The current project will examine how people can be exposed to unique or only job-relevant information about a target, ensuring that this information will be used instead of stereotypes to judge a person. Furthermore, this project will investigate whether diversity and inclusion interventions affect people who visibly and invisibly belong to stigmatized minority groups in different ways.


In short, the current PhD project will examine which factors and obstacles are involved in effective diversity management by using a combination of field and lab studies. 

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