Integrating Intersectionality with Psychology: Identity, Social Stress, and Well-being
May 9, 2019 ● 4:30 p.m. ● Steitz 102
Speaker: Alex Ajayi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Augsburg University; Research Fellow/Behavioral Health Consultant, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute; Lawrence class of 2012
From its roots in Black feminist thought and activism, the concept of intersectionality has impressively traversed academic disciplines. Within psychology, there is growing recognition of the value of intersectionality for psychological science—as a theoretical and analytical tool for understanding how social location (e.g., race, gender, class, sexual orientation) and systems of power and privilege (e.g., racism, patriarchy, classism, heterosexism) are simultaneously experienced. Despite this recognition, intersectionality remains a concept that is not widely used in psychology. In this talk, I will reflect on what intersectionality means for psychology and how it can be integrated, theoretically and empirically. Using some of my work as source material, I will highlight the importance of attending to intersecting social identities, explicate how interlocking systems of stigma and oppression can have adverse effects on health and well-being, and illustrate how insights from intersectionality can inform innovative psychological interventions.
Dr. Barrett's Open Office Hours
May 13, 2019 ● 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. ● 2nd Floor Sampson House
No appointment needed. Just stop in during these times to chat with Dr. Barrett.
Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards Reception
May 30, 2019 ● 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ● Warch Campus Center, Somerset Room
The Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award was created to honor a select group of extraordinary individuals who serve as role models for our efforts to create a more inclusive Lawrence. These individuals use their personal power, talents, position and influence to help the University achieve inclusive excellence in the execution of its mission. Annually four awards will be given: one to a student, one to a member of faculty, one to a staff member and one to a community partner. For more information go to the D&I Champion Awards page.
Faculty of Color Mentoring Circles
We will continue these peer facilitated groups that meet regularly to promote the success of individual faculty. The purpose of the groups is to solve professional problems while also supporting personal development. The program is based on a model developed in circles involving women scientists in higher education, as described in the book Every Other Thursday by Ellen Daniel. This group model is grounded in radical psychiatric theory which emphasizes self-empowerment. Watch for details to come.