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.
Congratulations to the Scientific Communication Competition Winners!!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Sci Comm competition! We enjoyed reading about your work. Please join us in congratulating our winners:
1st Place: PPEL Project (Lorraine Blatt, Shirley Duong, and Maggie Laird)
2nd Place: FEND Lab (Emily Hutchinson, Celine Lu, Kayley Morrow, Stefanie Sequeira, and Yuqi Wang)
3rd Place: FInD Study (Daniesha Hunter)
Help Us Become More Involved in the Pittsburgh Community!
This semester, one PEIC Outreach Subcommittee goal is to become more involved in serving the broader Pittsburgh community. While continuing to prioritize safety amidst the pandemic, we hope to volunteer our time or expertise to individuals and organizations who could benefit from our services. Additionally, we are working to build and disseminate a list of Pittsburgh organizations and volunteer opportunities so that others can volunteer, too. We are mindful that many of you in the department already know of great organizations and have working relationships with them. To gather the names of these organizations, and any additional recommendations, we have sent out a survey to each lab. Please make sure that someone from your lab has filled out this survey, or just email us at PittPsychOutreach@gmail.com with any ideas you have about organizations that could use volunteers. We are interested in having a wide variety of service options, from helping out at a food bank to virtual tutoring, to anything else you can think of!
Perspectives on Ethical Issues in Psychology: Learn from the Past, Focus on the PresentAs part of our ongoing discussion of perspectives on ethical issues in psychology, this month we discuss ensuring you have a welcoming environment in your lab.
PEIC Committee Initiatives
- The Undergraduate Committee could use more volunteers! If you are interested, contact Elizabeth, Melinda, Cybil, or Stephanie
- Attend the First Meeting of the Psychology Partnership for Undergraduate Students (PUGS)
- Join Psychology Scholars of Color (PSOC)
- Join the First Generation (FiGen) Affinity Group
- FiGen focuses on members of the department who identify as first-generation
- We will have monthly meetings on the last Friday of the month from 5-6pm
- Contact Klaus Libertus (email@example.com)
Department Response to PEIC Demands
In December, our Department Chair Dr. Julie Fiez, hosted a town hall meeting to provide an update on the Department’s response to the graduate student and staff recommendations and demands surrounding equity and inclusion in our Department. If you were unable to attend the town hall, you can view the slides here.
- Antiracist Teaching and Inclusive Course Design Workshop
- Led by Dr. Lindsay Bernhagen of the Center for Inclusive Teaching & Learning at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
- 2/8, 2/22, 3/1 and 3/15 from 9:15-11:15am
White Privilege in Information
Introducing the PEIC Undergraduate Representatives!
Jasmine Pabla: Hi I'm Jasmine (she/her) and I am a senior Psychology and Neuroscience Major with a Chemistry Minor and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. My hope as an undergraduate representative is to help eliminate barriers to higher academia for students of color and first gen students, such as myself. Outside of class, I love listening to podcasts, reading and doing yoga :)
Brianna Frye: I am a 3rd-year psychology major. I am interested in social and personality psychology. As an undergraduate representative, I hope to create a space and community that includes and welcomes people from diverse backgrounds. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy listening to music and watching Netflix.
Janelle Craig: I am a Sophomore psychology major with minors in economics and music. My favorite class thus far has been Developmental Psychology. I hope to create more opportunities to inform Psychology students of the meaningful impact of diversity in our department and beyond. In my free time, I enjoy spending time playing card games with friends.
Omatola “Tola” Gbadamosi: I am a third year psychology major with a minor in chemistry, on the premed track. One of my favorite classes so far has been Social Psychology. My hope as an undergraduate representative is to help bridge the gap between undergrads and the Psychology department/grad students, as well as help to increase diversity within the program. When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy playing rugby and snowboarding/longboarding.
Chadé Darby: Hi, I'm Chadé Darby (she/her). I'm a senior majoring in Psychology, minoring in French, and pursuing certificates in Global Studies and Leadership. My favorite psychology class has been Topics in Social Psychology: Self & Identity taught by Dr. Binning. I'm currently completing an Honors Thesis titled Going to College during a Pandemic. I'm investigating how social support moderates the relationship between student's feelings about COVID-19 and their academic achievement. As an undergraduate representative, I hope to assist in the creation of additional resources for psychology students from underrepresented communities.
Alyssa Beyley: Hello, my name is Alyssa Beyley, and I am a junior Psychology and Public and Professional Writing Major. My favorite psychology class so far has been psychopathology. I work as a behavioral health technician, and I enjoy singing and coaching soccer. I joined PEIC because I want to provide a supportive psychology community to empower and connect minority students to campus resources.
Isaiah Hickman: Hi, my name is Isaiah Hickman. I am a junior psychology major at Pitt. My favorite psychology courses so far have been psychopathology and developmental psychology. I like lifting weights and volunteering. As an undergraduate representative, I plan to help black students join the psychology department and find their place in it.
Iya Cooper: Hi, my name is Iya Cooper (she/her), and I am a senior Psychology major and a Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies minor. I hope to continue my education with a PhD in Behavioral Genetics. Outside of class, I enjoy baking and cooking as well as watching football. As an undergraduate representative, I would like to ensure that every psychology student has access to the same information and resources throughout their education to help them reach their goals. As a woman of color, my hope is that students within marginalized communities begin to take up more space in important fields like clinical practice and research. Given the opportunity to innovate within these spaces, minorities can begin to change the heteronormative, patriarchal, and white-centric nature of professional psychology environments.
February is Black History Month
Be sure to attend the events happening throughout this month!
February 2nd: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Educators for Black Lives
Online Webinar by Dr. Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian, discussing their new novel “An Uprising for Educational Justice: Black Lives Matter At School”. Viewers will be able to learn about BLMAS’s demands, current and upcoming events, and resources for organizing within your own school community.
Link (for registration): https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z0OUA_TYRmW873PIaqX1Ug
February 3rd: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Webinar presented by Chris Rogers from BLM in Schools and Nicholas Anglin from Black, Young, and Educated (BYE) discussing their work in the community. Viewers will be able to learn about resources, importance of supporting youth leadership, and why the pursuit of justice should not be left in 2020.
Link (for registration): https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s22f84S9S3y8fJVL-JLmvg
February 11th: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Pediatric Grand Rounds: “Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health”
Lectured by Dr. Maria Trent, Bloomberg Professor and Division Chief of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, they discuss not only racism’s evolution in this nation but the adverse effects impacted on society. Viewers will also be presented with potential strategies to mitigate the impacts from a pediatric perspective.
Link (needs password: 936579): https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97043780302
February 11th: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
“Red and Black Alchemies of Flesh: Off the Shores of Work”
Lectured by Dr. Tiffany King, author of the novel being discussed and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at GSU, they will center discussions situated at the intersections of slavery and indigenous genocide in the Americas. This is part of a series titled “Global Indigeneities: Parallels and Intersections in the Global Fight for Reparations and Treaty Rights”.
Link (for registration): https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dz5zPG1bRYGNc6_-R9ZQeg
February 11, 2021: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
"George Barbour: Journalist" Screening and Discussion
This is a screening of filmmaker Ken Love's documentary featuring a compilation of interviews with George Barbour talking about his career leading up to and including the seminal Selma-to-Montgomery March. A discussion on the historical influence of Black journalists and matters around Black journalism, featuring contemporaries of Barbour and Pitt students, will follow the screening. Find more details and register here: https://calendar.pitt.edu/event/barbour#.YAnNXZNKiu4
February 16th: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Virtual Green Speakeasy with Divya Nawale GSPIA ’16
A member of Asia’s Top 20 Sustainability Women of 2020 and advisor for Indian non-profit group Nirmaan, Divya will talk about her career path from university to the Arctic and back to Asia. Viewers will be presented with how those in Asia are grappling with climate change while embracing sustainable development.
Link (to register): https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1HyJr7nNIwajLE1
February 19th: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
Part of the “Race in Focus” series, listen to a panel of professors discussing how communities are often marginalized across racial lines and the challenges faced when attempting to bring race and intersectional analysis to the forefront. Link (to register): https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w57drfQpRpW7E7lwudj8cw