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Does acknowledging stereotypes make you bad at your job?

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Lucas Castillo
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For a long time, almost as long as I ve been a member of the exclusive Women in Tech club, I ve avoided talking about diversity.

Stereotype threat, an established psychological phenomenon, caused black students to do worse on the test.

Identifying themselves with a group that has stereotypical, though mistaken, associations of lower intellectual ability primed them subconsciously to adopt that trait.

Identifying myself with a group stereotyped to be worse on average at technical tasks primes me to do worse when faced with a technical task.

Developers who are white and men are no less valuable because of their race and gender.

This quote, from Maxine Williams, global director of diversity at Facebook, sums up my feeling of fostering belonging beautifully:

Every Monday, when we get a new class of hires, I say to them, I don t want you to come in here and think that you need to use blind as a suffix.

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