Gervais is part of 'Year of the Active Bystander' program at WSU

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:31

Wright State University has designated this school year the 'Year of the Active Bystander' to help students, faculty and staff respond productively to prejudice. Programs will focus on implicit bias, micro-aggressions and stereotype threat within in the university setting.

Sarah Gervais, associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is part of the program.

Research suggests that taking a stand against bias helps prevent future acts of prejudice from perpetrators or witnesses, Gervais wrote in a Psychology Today blog. It's also easier than you think, gets better with practice, and makes you a better person.