Past Events

MSS Hosts Students from Northside High School

On October 31, 2019, students from Minorities in Social Sciences hosted students from Northside High School in Houston on a visit to Rice University. Students were able to learn about what it means to have a career in the social sciences from graduate students and from professors in the School of Social Sciences. Their visit included running an experiment in Dr. Rick Wilson’s lab, lunch with students from MSS, and faculty presentations about the work that they do as social scientists in various disciplines.


MSS Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Michael Zárate

On September 27, 2019, Dr. Michael Zárate presented his work on  the social cognitive processes that underlie person and group perception. In his talk titled “Cultural Inertia – How the Desire to Remain Stable Produces Prejudice,” he showed how those processes lead to prejudice and stereotyping.

Dr. Zárate is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Program Director of Social Psychology at the National Science Foundation. After the lecture, students had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Zárate and learn more about his work and his experience in the academy at a happy hour sponsored by the School of Social Sciences.


MSS x BGSA Happy Hour

On September 13, 2019, graduate students from Minorities in Social Sciences and the Black Graduate Student Association got together for a beginning-of-the-year happy hour.

Diversity in the International Studies Profession

The Minorities in Social Sciences Group (MSS)  presented Dr. Brett Ashley Leeds, Professor and Chair of Rice University’s Department of Political Science, President of Peace Science Society, Founder of Women in Conflict Studies, and former President of the International Studies Association for a keynote address about Diversity in International Studies. The talk was based on both research and Dr. Leeds’s personal experience as a woman in a predominantly male field. It focused on understanding the impact of increasing women’s representation in the field of international studies, the barriers that women face within the profession, and steps we might take to ease these barriers. Dr. Leeds also discussed what recent increases in gender diversity in International Studies can tell us about the importance of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the field.

Date: Friday, April 12th

Time: 5:00 – 6:00PM

Location: HUM – 117

The event was followed by a reception in HUM Courtyard.

* We thank Dr. Leeds for her talk and GPS for their support.


Minority Scholars Panel

On January 25th, 2019, MSS held our first panel with Rice scholars Michelle Torres (Political Science) and Dr. Danielle King (Psychology). Our panelists shared their research and other professional experiences with graduate and undergraduate students. They also shared their insights on being minorities in academia and overcoming prejudice.
*We would like to thank our panelists for working with us to bring about a great event! We would also like to thank GPS for sponsoring our group and event.
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