Welcome to the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab


handshakeOur lab investigates interactions and relationships between people from diverse groups. What makes our initial encounters, partnerships, and friendships with individuals from different cultural backgrounds stagnate or succeed? What steps can individuals (and institutions) take to build or repair trust in intergroup interactions? How can we maintain interpersonal trust when facing intercultural conflicts?

We take a social psychological approach to understanding the interpersonal dynamics of intergroup interactions and relationships. We attempt to clarify how both situational and individual factors interact in ways that enable people to connect and bridge cultural divides. Our work addresses questions related to impression management, nonverbal behaviour, affect, depletion, cooperation, and trust.

  1. June 19, 2019Dr. Bergsieker gives a Distinguished Speaker talk at OSU Weary Symposium
    Photo of Dr. Bergsieker's presentation

    Dr. Bergsieker was invited to share her lab's findings on disrupting and building interracial trust at the 2019 OSU Weary Symposium.

  2. May 21, 2019Emily Cyr receives International Network for Social Network Analysis Travel Award

    Congratulations to graduate student Emily Cyr for receiving the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Travel Award to fund her attendance at the annual SUNBELT conference. 

  3. May 17, 2019OGS awarded to Erik Jansen, Harrison Oakes, and Sherman Kwok

    Congratulations to graduate students Erik Jansen, Harrison Oakes, and Sherman Kwok for receiving Ontario Graduate Scholarships!

    OGS awards are merit-based scholarships promoting excellence in graduate studies in all disciplines of academic study.

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