Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Established in 2005 and named in honor of the UW’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs, the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of faculty whose nationally-recognized research focuses on diversity and social justice.


“Reclaiming Native Truths: How Stereotypes and Invisibility Shape Bias Towards Native Americans”


Featuring Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg

William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor
of American Indian Studies and Psychology

Friday, April 12, 2019


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Reception: 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Lecture: 7-8 p.m.

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Reception: Kane Hall Walker Ames Room

Lecture: Kane Hall Room 220

Cost: FREE, but registration has reached capacity.

For questions, contact Katherine Day Hase at

This year’s lecture is held in conjunction with UW Parent & Family Weekend

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.


Social representations shape how people understand both themselves and members of other social groups. For some groups, such as White Americans, these representations are numerous and diverse, thereby affording group members the privilege of moving through the world relatively unencumbered. For other groups, such as Native Americans, these representations are scarce, and when available are stereotypical. Together, the available social representations, and the lack thereof (i.e., invisibility), lay the foundation for prejudice and discrimination against Native people. Through both experimental and national survey data, this talk examines how both stereotypical representations and the invisibility of contemporary representations (e.g., as educators, politicians, actors) shape non-Native’s beliefs and support for issues affecting Native people. By understanding these processes, we can better work to alleviate contemporary forms of bias against Native people.


Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington state, is the William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor of American Indian Studies and Psychology at the University of Washington. As a social and cultural psychologist, 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. Select publications include: 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 & J. Burack); Unseen disadvantage: How American Universities’ focus on independence undermines the academic performance of first-generation college students (with N. M. Stephens, H.R. Markus, C. Johnson, & R. Covarrubias); When the world is colorblind, American Indians are invisible: A diversity science approach (with N. M. Stephens); and Of warrior chiefs and Indian princesses: The psychological consequences of American Indian mascots on American Indians (with H.R. Markus, D. Oyserman, & J. M. Stone). In recognition of her work and service to the field, Dr. 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.


Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly was hired as the first vice president for the newly formed Office of Minority Affairs in 1970. Also the first African American senior administrator at the UW, Dr. Kelly was an educational advocate who opened doors for hundreds of underrepresented students at the UW. Many of the programs and services that he established during his six-year tenure still exist today. Among his accomplishments was securing funding to house sites for both the Ethnic Cultural Center (renovated and renamed in his honor in 2015) and the Instructional Center in 1971. Dr. Kelly passed away on July 6, 2009.