Psychology Equity, Inclusion, and Community (PEIC) Committee Newsletter
Newsletters brought to you by the Outreach Subcommittee
The Outreach Subcommittee within the PEIC Committee is specifically focused on building connections between our Department and other Departments at Pitt as well as between our Department and the greater Pittsburgh community. One of our major initiatives is a Speaker Series which hosts presenters from outside of our Department who share their expertise on a variety of topics related to the PEIC Committee’s goals including interdisciplinary perspectives on diversity and how recruiting diverse and marginalized populations improves research. We also put together this newsletter to keep the Department apprised of upcoming events and other important information in the equity, inclusion, and community space.
Let’s See How Far We’ve Come...
Over the past two years, we have been excited, grateful, and humbled to see students and faculty members step up and speak out in support of anti-racist initiatives aimed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our research, recruitment and retention, clinical work, and teaching. In January, we will be presenting an overview of student and faculty perceptions of the changes being made in our department. For now, we provide a preview of some of these changes implemented by the PEIC Clinical Subcommittee, many of which directly affect the University of Pittsburgh Clinical Psychology Center. These outstanding efforts have been led by several students and the clinic director, Dr. Jill Cyranowski. We thank everyone who has been, and continues to be, involved in these efforts to make our clinic a more equitable and inclusive place for all people in our community to feel welcome and safe.
Over the summer, the Clinical Subcommittee...
- Selected new and inclusive artwork for the clinic (spearheaded by Orma Ravindranath and others!)
- Hosted a workshop for high-school students on careers in psychology at the Homewood Community Engagement Center — shoutout to Stefanie Sequeira for running the workshop and to Kristina Dickman for her help in setting up the workshop!
- Added a program requirement for clinical case presentations using a cultural humility orientation and attendance of cultural humility book club for at least one semester
Revised the clinic’s mission statement (see below!)
The subcommittee is currently...
- Working on a land acknowledgement statement for the clinic, including that those who founded Pitt benefited from the labor of enslaved people (spearheaded by Orma Ravindranath and Luci Dolcini-Catania)
- Having ongoing discussions on how to make our clinic services more equitable, e.g., changing the minimum student fees and brainstorming how we might be able to provide free services to under-resourced communities
Considering approaches to prioritize our waitlist to support efforts of improving access to care for historically marginalized and underserved populations (relatedly, shifting the clinic to a shorter term treatment model to decrease waitlist time)
Conducting student-led research on the integration of trauma-informed care and training in the clinical program (by Luci Dolcini-Catania and Shana DeVlieger)
Hoping to do a cultural audit of our clinic. We are open to suggestions regarding funding sources!
Holding our monthly Cultural Humility Book Club to discuss the Cultural Humility text as well as watch mock-client videos from the Deliberate Practice Institute
Hosting Dr. Anu Asnaani for a departmental colloquium and cultural humility workshop Friday March 25th from 9am-12pm (in-person, as of now) — clinical students, mark your calendars! The departmental colloquium will be 1:30:-2:30 on Dr. Asnaani’s work on cross-cultural psychology. This will be open to the whole department!
Thank you to the three working groups for all your work, both over the summer and now: Clinic Procedures (Julia Feldman, Orma Ravindranath, Petra Rupert), Training + Coursework/Supervision (Mary Carson, Emily Roemer), and Outreach/Community Engagement (Stefanie Sequeira, Kristina Dickman, Emily Hutchinson, Tracie Ebalu)
University of Pittsburgh Clinical Psychology Center Mission Statement:
The Clinical Psychology Center at the University of Pittsburgh is a clinic staffed by doctoral graduate student trainees in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program who are supervised by licensed psychologists and mental health professionals. We serve both children and adults in our local community. Our treatment approaches empower individuals and their support networks to be active participants in their care, helping them to achieve their personal and interpersonal goals. We offer evidence-based psychotherapy across multiple theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy) for a wide range of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship concerns) across the lifespan. The Clinical Psychology Center also offers comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments. We rely on evidence-based treatments and assessments in our clinic and personalize our care to each individual.
The Clinical Psychology Center strives to create a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment that values the contribution of diverse perspectives from individuals with various identities, attitudes, and beliefs. We acknowledge the impact of privilege, marginalization, and discrimination on the stress, coping, and adjustment of the individuals we treat, and aim to foster an environment that respects all persons’ unique experiences.
We believe that mental healthcare should not be contingent on economic resources and strive to reduce barriers to care access. As such, our clinic follows a sliding-scale for fees based on income.
Other PEIC Committee Updates
This semester, the book club read The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. Here is her interview on the Ezra Klein show if you’re interested in learning more.
The next book club will be in the spring semester. Please reach out to Danielle Fox and or Jill Cyranowski if you have suggestions (which can include books, podcasts, speeches, presentations, documentaries, or anything else!).
New Representatives for the Undergraduate Subcommittee
My name is Amir Oueid and my pronouns are Him/His/He. I am currently a Junior here at the University of Pittsburgh, seeking a Psychology major with the hopes of becoming a Psychologist in the near future. I recently returned from taking time off away from school to find what I was truly passionate about. I moved out to Los Angeles for a change of scenery and found myself getting involved in Farmer's Market food collections to feed the large homeless population in the area. Seeing so many individuals disenfranchised and reading psychologists like Carl Jung inspired me to give back in any way possible. I am looking forward to working with the PEIC members to provide opportunities to those who need it most.
My name is Emma Yoon (she/her/hers). I'm a sophomore majoring in psychology and sociology, and I'm interested in research in anti- racism and identity in youth. I'm so excited to be a new PEIC undergrad committee rep. I'm looking forward to hearing other's experiences and insights regarding Pitt's Psych Department as well as sharing my own experience as an undergrad psych student.
The Season of Giving
Check Out these Opportunities for Volunteering and Donating around Pittsburgh this Holiday Season
- Individuals and/or groups can volunteer for the Pittsburgh Food Bank. There are many ways to get involved, from food rescue to sorting and repackaging food to no- contact delivery. More information here.
- Donate to Pitt’s annual Books for Change book drive. As stated on the website, “This year's theme is Justice from the Beginning. The theme comes from a core belief guiding our work at the Office of Child Development: there are age appropriate ways for all children to learn about social justice, and picture books are an incredible tool do so. Through picture books that frame social justice concepts in ways that resonate with children, we can help children understand the importance of social justice.” - More information here.
- From now until December 31 , City Books will be accepting gift cards and cash donations to help local refugee families. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Volunteer with Snow Angels, a program that matches you with a neighbor who lives within a 10-minute walking radius who is unable to shovel their own driveway. More information here.
- Pittsburgh toy drives:
- Pittsburgh coat/sweater drives:
- Mister Roger's Neighborhood Sweater Drive (from now until December 15, drop off new/gently-used adult and child sweaters at 2 locations: Children’s Museum 7AM-5PM, Oaklander’s 24-hour drive-thru collection bin on Bigelow Blvd.)
- Coat Giveaway for Kids (December 8, 11AM-5PM)
- See a list of other opportunities to donate toys and other items (e.g., coats, food) here.
- Donate using the following wish lists/needs lists:
- Angels' Place- a cooperative community providing family-centered child care services and early childhood education programs
- Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank
- Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
- The Children's Institute- sponsorafamilyandreceivetheirwishlist!
- The Children's Home of Pittsburgh
- Persad Center - an organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of LGBTQ communities in Southwestern PA
- Jeremiah's Place- provides a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children when their families are experiencing a critical need for childcare
- THRIVE- a group of individuals, churches and nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh North communities dedicated to “creating a soft landing” forrefugees and immigrants in as they integrate into our communities
- UPMC Children's Hospital- buy a gift online using their wish gift or record a special video message!
The Season of Giving
Additional Organizations (Many Around Pittsburgh) to Consider Donating to*
Stop AAPI Hate (tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States) Here.
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (supports social, political, and structural change for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls) Here.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing) Here.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (sources, packages, and delivers food to 11 counties in Southwestern PA) Here.
Community Forge (an organization working to build an equitable economy for Wilkinsburg and the Greater Pittsburgh region by creating opportunities that promote professional development, financial wellbeing, and entrepreneurial growth) Here.
All 1 Pittsburgh (purchases and distributes essential goods such as disinfectants, paper towels, toilet paper and hand sanitizer to some of the region's most economically distressed communities) Here.
Casa San José (a community resource center in Pittsburgh that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency) Here.
Bukit Bail Fund (a coalition of individuals and organizations striving to provide support for those incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail) Here.
412 Food Rescue (directly transfers food to nonprofit partners that serve those who are food insecure in the Pittsburgh area) Here.
South Hills Interfaith Movement (provides food, clothing, and services to people in need in the South Hills) Here.
YWCA (a nationally recognized movement with a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all) Here.
Acculturation for Justice, Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO; a refugee resettlement non-profit agency) Here.
SisTers PGH (a BLACK and TRANS led non-profit organization that serves POC, trans, and nonbinary people within Southwestern PA) Here.
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (an academic-lead group that fosters accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhances healing and wellness for Black people) Here.
Project Destiny (offers a safe place where Pittsburgh youth and families can find needed resources, become involved in support groups, cultural and educational programming and enjoy a variety of fun activities) Here.
December 10, 2021: 10:30-11:30am
Emerging Latinx Communities Group meeting
This meeting is in Public Health, 1154 (130 Desoto Street).
With the support of Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies, this group explores the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face and how to solve those problems. They are always looking for new writing and research collaborators and are open to all interested students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond.
January 12, 2022: 11:30am-1:00pm
Community Research Advisory Board meeting
The Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) is a group of faculty and community stakeholders convened by the Center for Health Equity that host monthly meetings to provide consultation to researchers interested in engaging community members in research projects. The CRAB aims to ensure that research studies are culturally sensitive and relevant and to advise researchers on how best to engage vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations in problem solving and foster collaboration among those populations and researchers interested in addressing health inequities. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. If you're a researcher who wants to work with the CRAB, contact Lora Ann Bray.
March 25, 2022: 9am-12pm
Cultural Humility Workshop
This workshop is for clinical grad students and will be led by Dr. Anu Asnaani.
March 25, 2022: 1:30-2:30pm
Dr. Anu Asnaani Departmental Colloquium
Dr. Asnaani will discuss her work on cross-cultural psychology. This colloquium talk is open to the whole Psychology Department.
Wishing everyone a happy and restful winter break! See you next year!