Center for Diversity and Social Justice Gets Up and Running

The Clinical Psychology Department’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) announced its new, team-based structure at the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. The leadership structure will include Kate Evarts Rice, Dean Hammer, Karen Meteyer, Monique Bowen, and Vince Pignatiello. The five groups supported by the DSJ this semester include the Affinity Group for Race and Ethnicity (AGRE), the Affinity Group for Immigrants and Refugees, the Affinity Group for Climate Justice, Sexual Assault and Harassment Awareness (SAHA), and Prism: The Center for LGBTQ+ Visibility. Each group aims to incorporate community-building, research, and advocacy goals, in addition to their own goals. Each Fall, clinical psychology students will be surveyed for continued interest and interest in new groups. The next goal of the center as a whole is to develop possible guidelines for integrating sociopolitical concerns on interpersonal, clinical, and campus levels. Each group has a series of projects they continue to work on or will start this semester; for example, AGRE hosts community-building and advocacy meetings and is running a winter coat drive for local Keene services. AGRE will also be supporting several research projects this semester. The DSJ will continue hosting the biannual campus-wide Multicultural Potluck; come celebrate culture and community with us at the next one in March. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you’re interested in getting involved!