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PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee

PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee

Tobin Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst (MA), 01003, United States

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About Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate ongoing training and dialogue about issues related to diversity and multiculturalism.
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Mission The mission of the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee is to raise awareness and facilitate ongoing training and dialogue about issues related to diversity and multiculturalism, including but not limited to: race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, and adoption. Members of the committee include both PBS graduate students and faculty who are committed to promoting multicultural knowledge, competence, and social justice within the department walls and beyond. As of 2016, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee is a registered Graduate Student Organization (GSO) sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate Finance Committee, PBS department chair, and other grant-funding sources.
Description 2015–2016 Activities

Diversity Committee Undergraduate Travel Award: In conjunction with the Council of University Directors for Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee awarded a $400 travel grant to a UMass undergraduate to present original, diversity-related research at the CUDCP midwinter meeting in Miami, FL. This year’s winner was Patrick McGonigal, ’16.

Annual Diversity Retreat: Each January, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee hosts a retreat, which is a daylong opportunity for our community to convene and learn about topics relevant to multicultural practice and research. Co-sponsored by the Mutual Mentoring Team Grant from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, this year’s retreat was titled, “The Party Line: A Psychological Perspective on America’s Top Presidential Issues.” Speakers featured our own Dr. Linda Isbell, who spoke on stigma and mental illness; Dr. Esther Shapiro from UMass Boston, who spoke on immigration and mental illness; and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan from Springfield College, who presented on sexual identity development. Here is a list of diversity colloquia and diversity retreats from 2008–2016.

Northampton Pride: For the third consecutive year, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee participated in Northampton Pride, which took place on May 7, 2016. Co-sponsored by the Psychological Services Center, PBS Graduate Student Committee members worked alongside other nonprofit organizations to share information about local mental health services available to LGBTQ individuals in our community.

Transgender-Affirming Initiative: In collaboration with the Psychological Services Center (PSC), the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee is actively involved in an initiative to increase affirming resources and services for individuals who identify as transgender and gender nonconforming.

Wendy Helmer Memorial Graduate Student Grant: In
Awards 2013 Clinical Psychology Division Service Award, University of Massachusetts
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