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October 30, 2013
Alexandra Luong | Associate Professor | Department of Psychology | 218-726-8685 |
Lori Melton | Communication Associate | External Affairs | 218 726-8830 |

UMD Hosts “Diversity and Discrimination: Personal and Scientific Perspectives”

Master of Arts in Psychological Science

DULUTH, MN – Daniel Seddiqui, author of 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America, along with Professor Randall Gordon from the Psychology Department of the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will present on the topic of “Diversity and Discrimination: Personal and Scientific Perspectives” on Thurs. Nov. 7 at 3 pm in the Griggs Center. The event is open and free to the public.

“This event is an opportunity for Duluthians to hear about the rich diversity that exists in our own country,” said Alexandra Luong, associate professor and director of graduate studies for UMD’s new Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS). “As our city itself may be becoming more diverse, it is an opportunity to learn about ways to promote prejudice reduction.”

Seddiqui will discuss his experiences working and living among people of diverse cultures across the United States. Gordon will discuss the science behind stereotypes and techniques to help reduce prejudice. This event is sponsored by MAPS and UMD’s Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology Club.

Seddiqui graduated in 2005 from the University of Southern California with a major in economics. After more than forty interviews, that never amounted to anything, and volunteering for several years, he decided to work at least a week in every state. Seddiqui sought work that reflected the culture and economy of each state.

MAPS will prepare students for successful careers in organizational, educational, clinical, and counseling settings by training them with research-based knowledge and skills. This program will begin fall 2014 and is currently accepting applications. For more information, visit the MAPS webpage.

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