Faculty Sponsor

Matthew Ringenberg


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


This study examined the impact that television platforms have on perpetuating the stereotypes assigned to minority groups by majority groups, specifically among young adult populations. Previous studies have focused on the impact of misrepresentation in the media on individuals that identify with minority groups. However, this study assessed the impact of television platforms on minority groups’ internalized perceptions of self. It also assessed the impact of television platforms on majority groups’ implicit bias based on the quality and quantity of representation consumed. We hypothesized that the more exposure people have to positive representation, the less implicit biases they will have against minority groups. Online surveys were sent to students at multiple universities in the Northwest Indiana region. Students watching habits were compared to both implicit bias and internal perception of self. This study has important implications on how racial biases are formed and how more positive and accurate portrayals of minority groups on television platforms have the potential to shape better race relations in the future.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

The authors of the study include Madison Morehead and Jessica Andrade who are Social Work majors at Valparaiso University graduating in the Spring 2020.

Jessica Andrade participated in the Latinx student organization throughout her time at Valpo and is passionate about social justice for all but especially people of color (POC). Being a POC at a predominantly white institution has made her passionate about creating understanding of themselves for students of color. She hopes to work in a macro setting post graduation with residents of her home, the south side of Chicago.

Maddie Morehead is an intern at the Office of Multicultural Programs. She also sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is a Site Coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Through her involvement in these programs, she is committed to establishing diversity and inclusion in all areas as well as furthering social justice for vulnerable and underrepresented populations. Much of her undergraduate research analyzed housing policies in diverse communities across the U.S. After graduation, Madison hopes to return to Indianapolis to gain experience in Community and Economic Development before returning to school to obtain her Master's in Social Work.