Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

February 26, 2019

Professor Stephanie A. Fryberg to Present 15th Annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture


Stephanie A. Fryberg, William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor of American Indian studies and psychology, will present the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s (OMA&D) 15th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Fri., April 12.

Fryberg’s lecture, “Reclaiming Native Truths: How Stereotypes and Invisibility Shape Bias towards Native Americans,” will take place at Kane Hall Room 200 at 7 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture starting at 5:30 p.m. in Kane Hall’s Walker Ames Room.

The event is free and held in conjunction with UW Parent & Family Weekend, however registration is requested and will open in March.

In her lecture, Fryberg will examine how both stereotypical representations and the invisibility of contemporary representations (such as educators, politicians and actors) shape non-Native’s beliefs and support for issues affecting Native people. She will address that by understanding these processes, we can better work to alleviate contemporary forms of bias against Native people.

Fryberg is a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington state. As a social and cultural psychology, her primary research interests focus on how social representations of race, culture and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, physical health and educational attainment.

Fryberg has co-authored several publications including “The truly diverse faculty: New dialogues in American higher education” (edited volume with E.J. Martínez); “Cultural models of education and academic performance for Native American and European American students” (with R. Covarrubias and J. Burack); and “When the world is colorblind, American Indians are invisible: A diversity science approach” (with N.M. Stephens).

In recognition of her work and service to the field, Fryberg received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Louise Kidder Early Career Award, the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award, the University of Arizona Five Star Faculty Award and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Service Award. In 2011, she was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University.

Established in 2005 and named in honor of the UW’s first vice president for OMA&D, this lecture series acknowledges the work of faculty whose nationally-recognized research focuses on diversity and social justice. Kelly was an educational advocate who opened doors for hundreds of underrepresented students at the UW. Many of the programs and services he established during his six-year tenure still exist today. Kelly passed away on July 6, 2009.