Psychology of Diversity - Assignment 1: Psychology of Diversity Research Response Paper

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you have been studying the psychology of diversity, you are ready to showcase your knowledge and do some extra research in the field. This assignment will guide you as you develop, hone and display your expertise.

Assignment Introduction

Have you been learning about the psychology of diversity? If so, you know that this is a complex field with many components, nuances, and variations.

As you have learned, the psychology of diversity is the psychological study of human difference, comprising areas ranging from cognition to emotion, relationships to behavior.

The psychology of diversity can also lead you to think about many different perspectives of diversity, including demographics, social justice, and cultural norms and distinctions.

Now, you are ready to do some extra research that will really help you solidify your knowledge and synthesize information from a few different sources.


The purpose of this assignment is to help you become a specialist in one particular area within the psychology of diversity. To do so, you will:

  • Do external research into one topic of interest within the psychology of diversity.
  • Synthesize what you learn from research with your prior knowledge on the topic.
  • Organize themes from your research in a cogent and meaningful way.
  • Write a paper that displays your expertise, shows what you have learned from research, and weighs in with your own perspectives on the themes, issues and controversies you address.


To do this assignment properly, you should move through the following steps.

  • First, develop a research question or state a specific topic of interest within the psychology of diversity.

Possibilities to think about include the psychology of racial diversity, the psychology of bias, the psychology of gender diversity, or the psychology of sexual diversity. You might also choose a topic pertaining to methodology, or pertaining to unpacking a specific theory or theoretical approach that is of interest to you.

  • Next, locate and read one published piece of research on the topic or question you have developed.

Read the publication carefully, taking notes on the important themes you discover and the ways this speaks to your question.

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