Published: Feb. 22, 2018

Understanding and responding to imposter syndrome

By: Beth Brauer University Communications Beth.Brauer-Delaney@cabs.msu.eduContact(s): Matt Helm Career Services and Placement office: (517) 884-1351, Lydia Weiss WorkLife office: 517-353-1635, Lisa Laughman Employee Assistance Program office: 517-355-4506, Cindi Leverich Academic Advancement Network office: 517-355-5761

Extreme feelings of inadequacy are not always fleeting and attributed to a bad day or a bad week. Millions of people around the world worry they are not as intelligent or capable as others believe them to be. Such self-doubt, known as imposter syndrome, can be crippling and is especially problematic in higher education institutions.

Valerie Young, an internationally-recognized imposter syndrome expert and author of the book "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women," will be visiting MSU and speaking at several events planned to better support the campus community.

The following three events will be held on March 29:

Session for Campus Administrators
“Exploring the Impact of Impostor Syndrome”
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Small Auditorium (640 South Shaw Lane)
(Registration and coffee at 8:00 a.m.; program begins at 8:30)

Session for all MSU Faculty, Academic Staff, Research Associates and Support Staff
“Understanding and Responding to Impostor Syndrome”
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Lunch is provided.)
Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Jackson Lounge
Registration is FULL. To be placed on the waitlist or to register for the Zoom session, contact

Session for all Undergraduate and Graduate Students
“Saying Goodbye to the Impostor Syndrome: Success begins with the Real You”
 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wells Hall, B115

This event is made possible with the generous collaboration between several units: WorkLife Office, Employee Assistance Program/Health4U, Academica Advancement Network, Graduate Student Life & Wellness, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, Office for Cultural and Academic Transitions, Office of International Students and Scholars, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, Counseling & Psychiatric Services and Residential and Hospitality Services.


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