Multiracial Identity Invalidation in the Workplace

(TC IRB Protocol # 22-346)

The purpose of this study is to better understand how multiracial people experience their racial identities in the workplace. In particular, the study will explore what it is like to have one’s multiracial identity challenged, misrepresented, or denied by other people in the workplace; how multiracial people respond to these instances of identity invalidation; and how these experiences may affect coworker relationships, job satisfaction, and other work outcomes.

Participation in the study involves two steps:

1) A brief online questionnaire (10-15 minutes)

2) A one-on-one interview with the primary researcher (60-90 minutes, virtually via Zoom)To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You self-identify as biracial, multiracial, mixed-race, or of two or more races
  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You have at least 2 years of work experience in the United States
  • You have had your multiracial identity questioned or denied, or have been racially miscategorized by other people at work
  • You are interested and willing to discuss these experiences in an interview

Participation is confidential, and you can withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. There are no direct benefits and minimal risk. This study is being conducted as part of the primary researcher’s doctoral dissertation.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in participating, please fill out this brief survey to get started.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the primary researcher, Stephanie von Numers, at Thank you!

Stephanie von Numers

Doctoral Student in Social-Organizational Psychology

Teachers College, Columbia University