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Adhithi Rajesh

Class of 2024Hillsborough, NJ

About

Hello! My name is Adhithi Rajesh and my project foucses on whether those in the LGBTQ+ community hide parts of themselves to fit in with heteronormative society, whether LGBTQ+ individuals internalize microaggressions, and whether preconceived notions can be unlearned. With the data collected from this project, I aim to improve DEI training programs to promote inclusivity and equity. Furthermore, I hope to use the findings from my research to improve the treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals in the medical field by bringing an understanding of their perspectives.

Projects

  • "Impact of heteronormative stereotypes on LGBTQ+ individuals (working title - not finalized) Research Questions: RQ 1: Do people in the LGBTQ+ community try to conform themselves and hide parts of themselves to fit in with heteronormative society? RQ 2: Can these preconceived notions be altered for the better? Can these biases be unlearned on both sides? RQ 3: Do people of the LGBTQ+ community internalize microaggressions as harm or discrimination against the community or do they view such missteps as mistakes people make as they are growing?" with mentor Kiara (Working project)

Project Portfolio

Impact of heteronormative stereotypes on LGBTQ+ individuals (working title - not finalized) Research Questions: RQ 1: Do people in the LGBTQ+ community try to conform themselves and hide parts of themselves to fit in with heteronormative society? RQ 2: Can these preconceived notions be altered for the better? Can these biases be unlearned on both sides? RQ 3: Do people of the LGBTQ+ community internalize microaggressions as harm or discrimination against the community or do they view such missteps as mistakes people make as they are growing?

Started May 9, 2023

Abstract or project description

While current activism is paving the way for the acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals, they are often still culturally isolated and treated differently by heterosexual and/or cisgendered individuals. Thus, the goal of this study is to determine the impacts of heteronormative stereotypes on the way LGBTQ+ individuals act and how these stereotypes are implicitly or explicitly propagated by people not apart of LGBTQ+ community. This research aims to answer the question of how deep-seated the biases towards a heteronormative society are and whether such preconceived notions can be altered with training or exposure to those in the LGBTQ+ community. Furthermore, this research will determine to what extent heteronormative stereotypes impact LGBTQ+ individuals themselves, both due to implicit and explicit cues from those around them.