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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 53, Number 4 Fall 2020

Community Psychology Practice in Undergraduate Settings

Edited by Ashlee Lien, State University of New York Old Westbury and Rachel Hershberg, University of Washington Tacoma 

A Look Toward this Upcoming Year

Written by Ashlee Lien, State University of New York Old Westbury and Rachel Hershberg, University of Washington Tacoma

The Community Psychology Practice in Undergraduate Settings Interest Group is a relatively new interest group of SCRA for those who focus on teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. We are fortunate to have had excellent leadership for the interest group and are especially grateful to the most recent co-chairs, Elizabeth Thomas and Sheree Bielecki. On September 1, 2020, we (Ashlee Lien and Rachel Hershberg) transitioned into the role as new co-chairs for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has brought many challenges as many colleges and universities have transitioned to virtual remote learning instruction. This group has provided a sense of support for those struggling to adapt undergraduate instruction to these settings. We are excited about the upcoming year and hope to expand our efforts to include new members in conversations about undergraduate teaching. As we look to the future, we anticipate this group continuing to be a supportive space where we work together to think through and reflect on how we can meaningfully confront challenges and opportunities in the undergraduate CP classroom related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the pandemic of ongoing systemic racism and violence against communities of color in the U.S., an unstable economy, and a very uncertain political future.

Goals for the Year

This year, we hope to expand our membership to include more individuals who focus on teaching and mentoring undergraduate students throughout the U.S. and the Globe (hopefully we can find a time to meet that works with different time zones!). We hope to extend more opportunities to connect with one another, and will continue with previous initiatives including a Webinar, updating our SCRA teaching resource library, and having intentional conversations about how systemic racism impacts our teaching, mentoring, and institutional settings.  Mostly, we hope that this group can be an important source of support and encouragement for those working with undergraduate students in this important sociohistorical moment.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in learning more about the Community Psychology Practice in Undergraduate Settings Interest Group, have ideas for what you would like to see us accomplish, or would like to become involved, please contact Ashlee Lien at liena@oldwestbury.edu or Rachel Hershberg at rmhersh@uw.edu. We welcome everyone who is interested in building community around teaching Community Psychology and related topics, especially related to the current sociohistorical moment. If you would like to join the Undergraduate Settings Interest Group listserv, just email infoscra@scra27.org and request to be added to the group. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact information for co-chairs:

Ashlee Lien, SUNY Old Westbury, ashlee.lien@gmail.com, liena@oldwestbury.edu

Rachel Hershberg, University of Washington Tacoma, rmhersh@uw.edu