FCB - Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat


Imposter phenomenon is increasingly common among all campus members including students, staff, instructors, and leaders and causes stress, anxiety, isolation, and negative mental and physical health outcomes (Bravata et al., 2020; Doggett, 2019). Stereotype threat is the fear of being judged by an existing stereotype and can disrupt academic and work-related performance (Block et al., 2016; Spencer et al., 1999). Reducing the impact of imposter phenomenon and stereotype threat by fostering a sense of belonging in your students and colleagues can go a long way in motivating them, calming their anxieties, and ultimately increasing the likelihood that they will be successful.

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