March 1, 2019 at 11:50 pm

Psychology Colloquium | The Role of Communal Experiences in Engaging Students in STEM Activities, March 1

Deleon Gray, portrait

Dr. Deleon Gray

The Psychology Colloquium Series presents Dr. DeLeon Gray on “Providing Meaningful Learning Opportunities for Students of Color: The Role of Communal Experiences in Engaging Students in STEM Activities” on Friday, March 1, at 11:50 a.m. in Porter 102.

Gray is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. He earned his master’s (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) from The Ohio State University.

According to his faculty page, Gray’s research program examines how adolescents and emerging adults perceive and interpret their social encounters in achievement contexts, and whether these mental representations account for their achievement beliefs and behaviors. Currently, his research program is comprised of two components. The first component includes investigations highlighting the role of social identity processes in achievement contexts, particularly in terms of students’ strivings to “stand out” and “fit in” within their peer circles. The second component of Gray’s research focuses on understanding students’ judgments about socializers (e.g., teachers, parents, and mentors), and students’ interpretations of the messages that these socializers convey about scholastic achievement. Gray’s research program ultimately will serve as a platform for collaborating with practicing teachers and administrators on initiatives that encourage students to make engaging in scholastic activities a priority.

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