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Psychology graduate Jonathan Mendel earns Dean’s medal after 10 year hiatus from post-secondary
As a student, Jonathan Mendel knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. But it wasn’t until he volunteered at a drop-in centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside where he found his knowledge and interest in social psychology could be leveraged to challenge the socio-economic barriers faced by people in that community.
“Through my volunteer experience, I was made aware of the systemic challenges that people living in poverty face and became particularly interested in the application of psychological principles to challenge economic inequality and poverty-based stigma.”
Mendel brought the knowledge gained from his volunteer experiences into his work as a research assistant in Stephen Wright’s Intergroup Relations and Social lab. There, he dove into examining the effectiveness of a poverty simulation intervention as a means of reducing prejudice towards people living in poverty. His honours research later focused on the data collected from this poverty simulation....
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