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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 53, Number 4 Fall 2020

SCRA Member Spotlight

Edited by Dominique Thomas, TCP Associate Editor

The SCRA Member Spotlight lets us engage our members and highlight great work! Each issue we solicit submissions of accomplishments. We especially would like students, early career scholars, and practitioners to submit their accomplishments and work. Submissions can include but are certainly not limited to:

  • New jobs
  • Post-docs
  • Promotions
  • Thesis/Dissertation Defenses
  • Newly published journal articles, books, chapters
  • Podcasts, blogs, news items that are by or about you
  • Certifications or other credentials
  • Retirement
  • Grants
  • Awards
  • Successful/ongoing projects
  • New projects or community initiatives

If you are interested in submitting for the next issue, please click this link and fill out the form. We hope to hear from you!

Tiffeny R. Jimenez, National Louis University in Chicago, is the evaluator on a 5-year $2.3 million dollar Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education titled CLAVE, which stands for Colaborando con las Comunidades Latinas para AVanzar en Educación (Collaborating with Latino Communities to AdVance Education). The CLAVE grant’s major goal is to collaborate with local communities to increase Hispanic/Latinx and other underrepresented individuals’ enrollment in and graduation from doctoral programs.

In service of our goal, we value students’ multilingualism, and experiences in social-justice work with Latinx and other marginalized communities. We engage with an understanding of how systemic oppression and inequities have shaped students’ experiences and representation in higher education. Universities have been perceived as a source of expertise within community spaces, however, in working to de-center historically and potentially oppressive dominant narratives and power dynamics, we work in partnership with communities to redistribute this power and participate with us in co-creating innovative university programming.

We believe that a long history of colonialism, coloniality, and systemic oppression have created inequitable opportunities for people of color, second language and dialect speakers of English, individuals from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ+ people. We believe these communities must be centered in the work we do. This work inevitably involves long-term institutional change working as ‘ghosts in the machine’ to decolonize the minds and practices of those we collaborate with, including ourselves. CLAVE hosts opportunities for doctoral fellowships and post-docs. Please email Tiffeny with any questions: tiffeny.jimenez@nl.edu