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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Experiencing discrimination: understanding the psychological consequences for victims

Sep 19 / 13
Many people assume that members of disadvantaged groups are “overly ready” to attribute negative experiences to discrimination — to play the “victim card.”

However, this is generally untrue because it is psychologically painful and socially costly for disadvantaged groups to believe their life outcomes are determined by pervasive discrimination. Studies assessing experiences of racism, sexism, heterosexism and rejection based on physical disability reveal the negative well-being consequences of perceiving discrimination. Thus by strengthening minority identity and creating a sense of belonging, we can help alleviate the harm of experiencing discrimination.

A presentation by CIFAR Senior Fellow Nyla Branscombe (University of Kansas) at the Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on Sept. 19, 2013.