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.

Treaties Recognition

The Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. To date, only 5% of the promised land of the Haldimand Tract is available to the Six Nations of the Grand River. We recognize our role in ongoing colonialism through living on this promised land and commit to working toward reconciliation, justice, and trust in intergroup relations.

  1. June 29, 2022Undergraduate Student Katie Ashcroft Wins 2022 Psychology Department Honours Thesis Award

    Congratulations to Katie Ashcroft for winning the 2022 Psychology Department honours thesis award for her thesis entitled "White people’s in-the-moment support to Black people following racial discrimination”! This award is given to recognize the strong quality of her thesis research.

    Best of luck to Katie for her future research! 

  2. Apr. 28, 2022Graduate student Erik Jansen wins SSHRC doctoral fellowship

    Congratulations to graduate student Erik Jansen for winning the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship with his research on “Using a Metamotivational Framework to Improve Team Management”!

  3. Sep. 29, 2021Graduate student Emily Cyr's research published in PNAS

    Congratulations to grad student Emily Cyr for publishing her research on social networks and gender bias in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences!

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