Heritage months are designed to create intentional spaces to reflect on our society’s practices, history, and values. Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.
In 2022, the Black History Month theme is Black Health and Wellness. This theme explores the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine and other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives accomplished by Black communities to foster health and wellness.
As an institution specifically designed for graduate learners, Fielding can be a part of examining this theme through program-driven activities throughout the month. In addition, we would like to offer the following resources for your reflection:
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Association of Black Psychologists
National Endowment for the Humanities
Finally, we would like to call out the following dissertations that are relevant for this month’s theme on “Black Health and Wellness” that aligns with our work as scholar-practitioners in the social sciences:
Barriers to HIV Prevention: The Role of Relationship Closeness in HIV Risk Behaviors and Prejudicial Attitudes. Alston, Le’Marus Perez. Fielding Graduate University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2021. 28646478.
Colored and Invisible: The Influence of Strength on Depression in Black Women. Armstrong, Amanda. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2020. 27995638.
African American Men: A Critical Examination of the Dynamics Involving Their Decision to Pursue or Not Pursue Screening for Prostate Cancer. Womack, Christopher A. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2019. 13901464.
The Impact of Aging, Poverty, Health Behaviors, and Community Engagement on Depression in African American Women in Rural Communities. Brooks, Erica. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2019. 13421446.
Adolescent Social Network Types, Socioaffective Engagement, and Health Behaviors in Africanamericans: A Longitudinal Analysis. Alabi, Oluwatosin. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018. 10928612.
Evidence-based interventions to reduce psychosocial and access barriers to breast cancer screening among African American women. Bellah, Alycia A. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2015. 3683339.
Do age, gender, and ethnicity predict motivations, self-efficacy, and outcome expectations to exercise? Halbleib, William Thomas. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2013. 3564374.
Cultural Competence and the Delivery of Dental Hygiene Services: A Program Evaluation of Curriculum Effectiveness. Theile, Cheryl M. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 3443658.
Multicultural competence in European American therapists: Role of cultural privilege awareness in the therapeutic alliance. Russo, Kelly L. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 3397543.
Having their say: Experiences of racism coping and health of older African American men. Anderson, Yvette. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 3287697.
Strong black woman: A collaborative study on understanding, experiences, and relationship to health and wellness. Green Fareed, Charlyn. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 3255524.
Racism, stress, and health in African American females: The impact of stress experienced from perceived racism on cardiovascular reactivity in African American adolescent and adult females.
Griffin, Anya T. Fielding Graduate University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2005. 3185970.
Black women and health locus-of-control. Russell, Theresa Elizabeth. The Fielding Institute. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1991. 9229648.
The Black Student Association (BSA) is another excellent resource for our community. BSA was established to foster growth, inclusion, and awareness of the interests of the Black student community at Fielding. You can connect with BSA via email: email@example.com
Please join Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Allison Davis-White Eyes, Ph.D., and our university leaders for the Inaugural State of Diversity on Wednesday, February 2, at 8 am PT/11 am ET by signing up online: https://bit.ly/3ATUkP9.
In closing, it seems fitting to bring the powerful voice of bell hooks, feminist, scholar, activist, and author, into honoring Black History Month. Her words about education resonate with all of us and are worthy of deep reflection as we continue our learning throughout this month, “The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.”
To learn more about her work, please see the following 6-minute link about her life and work (produced by PBS NewsHour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05DMEyxRTNg
Katrina S. Rogers, PhD