For Kate Helmstetter ’18, a Center for Public Service Immersion Project trip to Moroccoduring junior year helped forge her passions and interests into a plan for meaningful research.
“Before the trip, I had all the pieces, but I hadn’t quite assembled them yet,” Helmstetter said. “I knew I wanted to do psychological research and I knew I was interested in prejudice in society, but I hadn’t really put those pieces together to realize that I should study Islamophobia.”
Prejudice can be implicit or explicit, Helmstetter explained. Implicit prejudice is the kind internalized by a person, without being visible to others. Explicit is visible.
Under certain circumstances individuals can fail to suppress implicit prejudices and instead try to justify them, resulting in explicit displays of prejudice. The key to understanding the escalation in prejudice from implicit to explicit lies in finding out what circumstances allow for that transformation.
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