Being LGBT-POC in America


by Donica Harper, MA Doctoral Student, Fielding Graduate University Being black in America is an everyday struggle. Now, take a moment and imagine what it is like to be a woman, man, or individual who also identifies within the rainbow spectrum or any other culturally diverse groups that transcend heteronormative standards of society. As recently defined by Black Feminist Kimberle Crenshaw, intersectionality has been redefined over the past 30 years and now is “a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other… What is often missing is how some [...]

Being LGBT-POC in America2021-08-24T12:49:27+00:00

What Juneteenth Means to Me


BY Sheila Turner, MSCJ, CDCA Clinical psychology, Student, Fielding Graduate University As the nation argues against the teaching of Critical Race Theory, it is only appropriate that we discuss Juneteenth. Individuals mark this day as “Freedom Day” because an estimated 25,000 enslaved black people were told they were finally free (Hine et al., 2008). However, they had been free two years before that, but the reluctance of slave owners to relinquish their enslaved people resulted in suppressing this information. I reference Critical Race Theory when speaking of Juneteenth because it is a continuance of ignoring the facts and history of [...]

What Juneteenth Means to Me2021-08-24T12:42:42+00:00

We All Are Black History


BY LeAna Norman, Student Clinical psychology, fielding graduate university Black History Month is much more than a month that only has twenty-eight days, and that celebrates important Black figures that America picks and chooses to highlight. Black history is much deeper and more colorful than what is highlighted in textbooks and the media. More specifically, the Black being has been arguably credited as the inspiration for modern civilization. As a psychology doctoral student, I have gained a better understanding of the importance of mental health and the psychopathology of mental illnesses. So, when I hear or see influential Black figures of [...]

We All Are Black History2021-02-25T14:09:13+00:00

Anti-Black Racism


BY Sheila turner, Student Clinical psychology, fielding graduate university Dr. Alex L. Pieterse frames racism as “an intentional system of POWER built on social difference…DESIGNED to restrict opportunity, PROFIT on oppression and JUSTIFY its actions by the FALSE ideology of white superiority (emphasis Pieterse, Pieterse, 2020). With the racial incidences in the United States during the last year, despite their occurrence in the previous 400 years, there has been a particular interest in anti-Black racism. Specifically, non-people of color have decided to take on the banner of what it means to be anti-racist in a racist society. To be anti-racist means [...]

Anti-Black Racism2021-02-24T13:53:13+00:00

The Life and Legacy of Cicely Tyson


BY Brianna Jones-Downey, Student Clinical psychology, fielding graduate university Cicely Tyson (1924-2021), acclaimed as one of the most poised and influential figures in the Black community, had an illustrious film career is marked by the reinvention of black representation in the media. It is no wonder that Tyson was discovered by a photographer and became a fashion model before her career as an iconic TV and film actress. During an era when Black women were bombarded continuously with Eurocentric aesthetic measures, Tyson stepped into Ebony magazine, embracing her racial identity through her choice of hairstyles. Later, she garnered much success in [...]

The Life and Legacy of Cicely Tyson2021-02-23T10:12:25+00:00

What is Black Psychology?


BY Anthony f. Greene, PhD, Doctoral faculty Clinical psychology, fielding graduate university As a Black man and a psychologist, I thought it might be healthy for me to express my reflections on Black Psychology during Black History Month. While many of us laugh at the idea of Black History Month because we celebrate Black ALL YEAR LONG, we might also wonder why Black Psychology is something we have to seek out in the Association of Black Psychologists, or as a special topic in multicultural psychology. What is Black Psychology, after all? Is it applying the traditional psychological measures, constructs, and theories [...]

What is Black Psychology?2021-02-22T10:24:29+00:00

Those That Came Before Us


BY Donica HarpER, PHD STUDENT SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY I want to take a moment and thank you for the struggles, the pain, and the hard work that helped pave the way for someone like me: a Black therapist, a Black student, a Black womxn, and a Black child. While our classes may not have shown us who you are, through future research, we discovered all the things that you did to help our community and our country better understand who we are. People do not understand that representation is vitally important to self-esteem, self-confidence, and identity. Representation affords us the opportunity [...]

Those That Came Before Us2021-02-18T10:49:43+00:00

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day


We all must be called to action--not only black people. By Tahlia Bragg, PhD student in Clinical Psychology, and president of Fielding's Black Student Association. Tahlia Bragg Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2021 comes nearly 2 weeks after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The attack occurred during the confirmation of an election that was the direct result of Dr. King and others who made it their life's work or gave their lives, like Dr. King. If equality was Dr. King's mission, then in the 21st century, the next phase of his vision is the [...]

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day2021-08-27T18:54:29+00:00

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools


Monique Morris, EdD Fielding alum, Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is an Executive Producer and co-writer of the 2019 documentary film, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, based upon two of her books, Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls (The New Press, 2019) and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016). “Pushout” was nominated for in the Outstanding News/Information (series [...]

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools2022-01-13T19:52:27+00:00
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