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Health Equity Speaker Series - Thomas Dirth

Minority Health Disparities Initiative

1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Kali Patterson , (402) 472-5975,
Join us at our June Health Equity Speaker Series talk on “Common History, Shared Struggle: Precursors, Consequences, and Directions for Disability Social Identity,” presented by Thomas Dirth!

Disability social identity research illustrates how people can leverage social identity to secure social support, agitate for social change, and buffer impacts from social stigma. In this talk, Dr. Dirth will review the foundational perspectives—both social psychological and disability studies—that afford the social identity approach to disability. Additionally, he will review theory and research on the factors that promote and inhibit disability social identification and the social psychological consequences of disability social identification. He will also discuss the limits and intersectional complexities involved in experiences with disability social identification with an eye towards generating strategies—personal and political—that foster the benefits of disability social identification.

Thomas Dirth is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Psychology at Bemidji State University. He received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. His scholarly interests, shaped by experiences as a physically disabled person, consider a social psychological approach to wide range of disability-related phenomena elaborated within the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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