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SCRA Call to Action on Anti-Blackness (6-4-2020)
This committee is charged with hiring the DEI consultant(s) and overseeing their work until the Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Working Group and the BIPOC Anti-racist, Anti-oppressive Advisory Board are established.
The members of the committee are:
Bianca Guzman - Chair
I have been a community psychologist for over 25 years and my research breadth has included safer sexual health behaviors, educational pathways, substance use and program evaluation of health related organizations. The focus of most of my work has been to advance the health and wellbeing of youth and women of color. I am currently the president of SCRA and my main motivation for serving it to bring healing and change to our organization.
My background is in community mental health and clinical psychology. My research has primarily focused on the Minority Stress Model as a way to de-pathologize distress and emphasize cultural/socio-political components of struggle. I am dedicated to the ever ongoing process of decolonizing my own psyche, previous training, and current practice. My current practice focuses largely on the racial trauma, healing and resistance, and intersectional identity development. I am seeking ways to participate in cleaning up our own house within SCRA and within our fields more broadly.
I am a community psychology PhD student with a research interest in social transformation, social movements, and power-dynamics and systems. I joined SCRA about 6 years ago and co-chair the practice council because I was interested in its applied research, practice and community-based approach to social justice. I volunteered to the committee because I think it is essential to find the right person to guide through transforming SCRA to an equitable and inclusive space free of racism, and I hope to help with the process.
I am an assistant professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. My teaching and research focuses on adolescents and young adults’ media socialization, behavior, and health at intersections of race, gender, and sexual identity. Cross-cutting my pedagogy, orientation to research, and community engagement is my commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
Jonathan E. Coats
I am an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Alabama A&M University, which is an HBCU. Additionally, I completed my undergraduate at Virginia Union University, which is also an HBCU. I volunteered for this committee, because, first, as a Black male, I wanted to provide a voice for myself and the students who my institution represents. Second, I have publications related to implied bias.
My name is Mika and I identify as a Multiracial Asian American dog lover who has somehow wound up with four cats. I am seeking ways to participate in cleaning up our own house within SCRA and our field more broadly. I'm very much looking forward to collaborating with everyone on this!
I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. I consider variation in the family and school-based experiences of Black youth and young adults, including how they draw on their race and gender identity beliefs as cultural assets to protect against the negative effects of discrimination on academic and psychological outcomes. I joined this SCRA committee because I hope to learn more from others about how to generate and promote anti-racist hiring practices within an organizational context.
As a community psychologist for more than 22 years, I want to encourage the consultants to assist SCRA in creating competencies related to anti-racism approaches in teaching, practice, research and training for future community psychologists. Influenced by ecological theory, my research examines the person-environment fit between social institutions such as churches and behavioral outcomes.
I am a mixed methods community psychologist and earned my Ph.D. in 2017 at DePaul University. I am currently consulting on a project around race, sense of belonging, and equity in the workplace. I volunteered to serve on this committee because I want SCRA to be a truly inclusive community where everyone feels welcomed, respected, heard, and valued.
Dolores S. Miranda
I am interested in working with the SCRA Anti-racism, Anti-Oppression committee due to the fact that I am currently working with a team of students on the topic micro-aggressión at the University of Puerto. We have addressed racism, oppression and gender with youth and children in school scenarios . As a Puerto Rican we have historically lived with racism, gender and oppression. Our modest work is geared towards change in schools and communities. We work from a decolonial perspective, acknowledging the micro-aggressed and micro-aggressor in us.
I am a retired professor from a small liberal arts university located in the Pacific Northwest. My involvement with SCRA goes back to my early career days. Within the society, I have held several offices on the Executive Committee (National Regional Coordinator, Chair of Committee on Culture and Ethnicity, President, APA Council Member). I am also among the founders of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Culture and Race and was an early co-president of that division. I believe SCRA is positioned to make significant systemic changes to better realize its goals of appreciation of diversity and recognition of the need for social justice. I would hope to contribute some constructive perspective on the process of making these changes.
I'm a fifth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, currently on internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. My research interests are focused on cultural responsiveness at an organizational level and providing intersectional feminist care. In all my clinical work, I have been active on diversity committees and workgroups and strive to highlight the importance of DEI work for both staff and the populations we serve.
Kien Lee, Principal Associate & Vice President for Community Science (consultant to the committee)
Kien volunteered to serve as a consultant to the committee and help with its formation, structure and processes. She has expertise in the design and implementation of research, evaluation, and strategic initiatives that contribute to racial equity. She has evaluated programs focused on immigrant integration, civic participation, leadership development, social determinants of health, and health equity—all these initiatives have the goal of promoting and advancing equity and social justice. She works closely with clients to operationalize inclusion and equity in their strategy, align their actions to match the desired outcomes, and build their capacity to evaluate inclusion and equity, and generate insights to improve their work. She currently provides technical oversight for several evaluations of initiatives designed to shift power and move institutions, systems, and communities toward racial equity, including the evaluation of The Colorado Trust’s Community Partnerships for Health Equity initiative, Barr Foundation’s Fellows Program, W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s place-based work in Mississippi and New Orleans, and the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative led by UnidosUS.
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