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Volume 52 Number 4 Fall 2019
Dominique Thomas, University of Michigan, firstname.lastname@example.org and Susan M. Wolfe, Susan Wolfe and Associates, email@example.com
We would like to start off by thanking everyone submitted an article for this issue of The Community Psychologist. We would especially like to thank those who graciously decided to talk about their experiences at the 2019 SCRA Biennial at National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Members shared their reflections and presentations. We are sharing six articles from scholars who attended the biennial in June. Following the biennial there have been numerous discussions about the role of SCRA specifically and community psychology in efforts toward social change. These efforts must take place internally and externally; a common thread across the discussions is the alignment of community psychology values with community psychology praxis. We are always welcoming of such conversations taking place through this publication as well.
We echo incoming president Susan Torres-Harding in expressing the importance of including diverse voices and perspectives in these conversations. With an increasing number of crises that are drawing our attention, how can we as community psychologists do our part in addressing these escalating crises happening around us and making connections between seemingly disparate dilemmas? What can we learn from previous liberation and social movements beyond white-washed versions of their history and out-of-context quotes? How does our framing of these issues impact the strategies we employ? What language are we using to talk about these issues?
In considering many of these issues that have been brought up, we wanted to organize a special issue on Racial Justice. From a critical race perspective, race is not a singular construct to be examined, but a lens through which to view psychology. It considers the intersectionality of race with other forms of marginalization and oppression such as gender, sexuality, class, and immigration status. The centrality of race in society extends to various institutions such as government, non-profits, and universities. We invite all column editors to submit articles connecting their regional, council, committee, and interest group work to issues of racial justice. We also welcome submissions from individual community psychologists who do work on issues of racial justice (research, practice, teaching, etc.). We will publish this issue for the Winter edition, submissions are due November 15th.
We hope everyone enjoys reading this issue of TCP. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you loved it, hated it, or want to share anything else with us.
Susan and Dominique