Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 12.16.18 PMWinona State University will host “Understanding the Insidious (and Ironic) Effects of Positive Stereotypes: How Best to Nurture Asian/Americans in Higher Education,” with Dr. Nicholas Hartlep at 7 p.m. April 5 in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Hartlep will be discussing “killing the model minority stereotype” by exploring the complex permutations of the Asian model minority myth, exposing the ways in which stereotypes of Asian/Americans operate in service to racism. The presentation will also delve into how holding up the model minority myth sustains white supremacy and the damages of that can come from this.

Hartlep earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from WSU and has been involved with higher education for a majority of his career. He was the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned his Ph.D., before accepting his current position as Assistant Professor of Education Foundations at Illinois State University.

Hartlep was honored as a 2015 WSU Distinguished Young Alumnus.

This event is part of WSU’s 2015-16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community. Equity as a Human Right is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice. For WSU and its communities, partnering around a university theme has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students, and community members to the engagement table. The year-long focus will enable students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider Winona and Rochester communities to explore the intersections of identities, cultures, and abilities.

This event is free and open to the public.

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