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CERA's mission is to represent issues of cultural diversity and promote the concerns of people of color as a focus of community research and intervention; to promote training and professional development of people of color interested in community psychology; to advise the Executive Committee on matters of concern to people of color; and to inform and educate the Executive Committee regarding the implications of decisions as they pertain to people of color.
Affiliation: Georgia State University/SCRA
Status: Visiting Lecturer in Psychology/Associate Editor - TCP
Classes You Are Currently Teaching/Other:
I teach Introduction to General Psychology, Introduction to African American Psychology, and Community Psychology. I am also the Associate Editor of The Community Psychologist (TCP).
My day usually involves teaching classes, meeting with students for office hours, preparing my lectures, and grading assignments. I also spend time finishing a manuscript based on my dissertation, reviewing submissions for the TCP, and uploading them to the SCRA website.
How does your work push forward or contribute to CERA’s mission and agenda?
My work as a researcher serves to help improve the racial climate for African American students. In my African American Psychology and Community Psychology courses, students complete semester projects that address social issues and provide solutions to fix those problems. As associate editor of the TCP, I would like to use my place to provide more perspectives from community psychologists of color, perspectives that are not always heard or made prominent in our field. I am co-editing a forthcoming special issue on Black Lives Matter because it is a social movement that has yet to be discussed within the field of psychology.
Goals and/or Aspirations:
Include publishing my dissertation work; Possibly creating a program to improve the climate/resources for African American students; and running my own research lab that examines the experiences of African American students.
Words of Wisdom & Inspiration to CERA Members and Others:
"I realized that I might be the first African American who’s won the SCRA Dissertation Award during all the years it’s been offered. I looked up the previous winners and I didn’t find any other African Americans among them.
I’ve learned that to make lasting change, you must address problems at their root. Any changes you make in a setting must be institutionalized to last. This requires a lot of hard work to make those structural changes and often you will get some push back from people who would rather see the status quo remain."
Thank you Dominique for sharing your passions & commitment to social justice!
Overview: As academic and community practitioners, we may engage in research, teaching, practice, and advocacy that promotes the principles of racial and social justice.Racial justice seeks equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all, regardless of ethnic, racial, or cultural group.
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