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The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women 

    The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women 

    March 4, 2020  |  3:00 - 4:30 PM Central Standard Time

    Presenters: Emma Allen, MA | Stephanie Cross, MA  

    Cost: FREE  | Register

    Closed captioning provided.

    According to the FBI, Indigenous women are three times as more likely to experience rape or sexual assault than Black, Latina, and European-American women in North America (Perry, 2004). Historically, Indigenous women have and continue to experience both racism and sexism through the colonization of North America. We contend that Indigenous women are viewed as less than human, that is, they experience dehumanization by non-Native people. Thus far, no empirical research has investigated the objectification of Indigenous women through the dehumanization framework (Haslam, 2006). Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, we will investigate various ways that Indigenous women experience dehumanization and the mechanisms underlying how they are dehumanized by others. This session will examine the effects of dehumanization on Indigenous women and their lived experiences both in and outside of the University of Oklahoma. After a discussion centered on these issues, the presenters will discuss the implications that dehumanization has for Indigenous women inside higher education. The presenters will then offer recommendations for best practices when incidences of racism and sexism (i.e. dehumanization) occur on campus and how to support and empower Indigenous women through relationship building. This session should particularly benefit those working with and advising Indigenous students (student affairs and academic affairs).

    Stephanie Cross is a proud citizen of the Comanche Nation. She is a doctoral candidate in the psychology department at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include stereotypes and prejudice, specifically towards Native Americans. Stephanie’s dissertation work explores the objection of Native American women using an experimental research design.

    presenter Stephanie Cross

    Emma Allen is a third-year doctoral student in the Adult and Higher Education program at the University of Oklahoma. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is also of Kiowa and Caddo descent. Emma’s research focuses on Native American doctoral students’ experiences with microaggressions and how these microaggressions relate to settler colonialism. In her free time,  Emma enjoys hanging out with her partner, Allen, and her dog, Sunshine. 

    presenter Emma Allen