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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 52   Number 1 Winter 2019

From the Editors  Dominique_Thomas.jpgSusan_Wolfe.jpg

Susan M. Wolfe, Susan Wolfe and Associates, susan@susanwolfeandassociates.com and Dominique Thomas, University of Michigan, tdominiq@umich.edu

Neither of us were able to attend the 7th International Community Psychology Conference in Santiago, Chili, but by the time we finished reading the articles submitted the Special Feature, we felt a little like we had. To begin the special feature and set the stage, Jaime Alfaro Inzunza, Irma Serrano-Garcia, and Christopher Sonn provide a history of the International Community Psychology Conference. Susan McMahon shares reflections of her conference experience. Sam Keast describes the sense of voyeurism experienced, reminding us that even when we are attending conferences in other countries and putting our community psychology lens on as we experience the culture, we are still basically tourists. Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar and Fabricio Balcazar present a political view of their experience, and Chris Keys presents his experience from a human rights perspective. Finally, Joselyn Rosado-Martinez presents a student’s perspective of attending and presenting at an international conference.

This issue includes a second special feature – Meg Bond’s article about the Lowell Center for Women and Work. This article describes the important work the Center’s interdisciplinary teams are doing that includes addressing intersectionality, the social structures, and the overall complexity of workplace inequity. We invite other centers to submit similar articles showcasing the work being done at their institutions for future issues.

Our regular columns present a variety of interesting information. The Community Practitioner column presents an interview with Jessica Drum who has found a way to apply community psychology skills in a corporate setting. The results of her work at Facebook affects millions of people throughout the world. The Criminal Justice column highlights the prevalence of nonconsensual sex among incarcerated men which is much higher than the rates experienced in the general population. The authors share the implications of the findings and issue a call to action. The Education Connection describes the upcoming open access community psychology textbook that is under development. This project is a true collaboration among many contributors to share our discipline. The Public Policy column shows how community psychology is being used to inform advocacy for immigrant rights and gun violence prevention. The Regional Networks column provides us with updates about what is going on with the Midwest and Western regions. The Rural Interest column shares information about a community garden at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University that is serving a rural area with limited food access. The Self-Help column shares a new approach to suicide and the Student Issues column presents a recipe for a successful critical participatory action research dissertation.

We have two articles submitted by members. First is an article by Darren Thomas and Courtney Arseneau of the Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance Research Group at Wilfrid Laurier University. They describe their work to advance the understanding of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) and indigenous peoples’ right to self-determined development. Noreen Kudzanai Wini Dari shares her experience with deciding to participate as a voter in Zimbabwe and how it as shaped by Community Psychology.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of the contributors and encourage others to submit columns either through the regular column editors or send them to us. Please email us at tcp@scra27.org if you have questions or are interested in submitting an article.