Linda M. Woolf
Teaching to Make a Difference: A Social Justice Approach
As teachers, we recognize that psychology has value to people’s lives individually and collectively within a multi-cultural global community. Increasingly, we endeavor to integrate topics such as human rights and social justice into our courses with an eye toward making a difference in our student’s lives not just in the classroom but also in their day-to-day lives both locally and globally. This address will explore the concept of social justice as well as methods of integration into psychology courses, the curriculum, and as an approach to facilitate learning and social responsibility.
Linda M. Woolf, PhD is Professor of Psychology and International Human Rights at Webster University, where she teaches a range of courses from Statistics and History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology to specialty courses concerning the Holocaust, genocide, peace and political psychology, human rights, and ethics. Recent publications and presentations focus on teaching, social justice, hate groups, torture, LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, and the psychosocial roots of mass violence. She is co-author with Michael R. Hulsizer of A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices. Woolf currently serves on the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on International Relations in Psychology, APA Ethics Code Revision Task Force, and is the 2022 President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She also serves on the Institute for the Study of Genocide Board and the Rafael Lemkin Book Award Committee.
Critical, Inclusive, and Open Pedagogies: Centering Social Justice in the Teaching of Psychology
Do you wonder why an undergraduate major as popular as Psychology continues to struggle with a diversity problem? Or why a discipline with such transformative potential has often been complicit in serving destructive ends? As teachers of psychology, we carry a special responsibility into the classroom, one that isn’t well served by the maintenance of a facade of neutrality. Our goal as critical educators ought not only concern teaching practices that are effective and engaging, but also the intentional design of learning environments that are inclusive, antiracist, and just.
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. The architect of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs, Rajiv’s scholarship focuses on open educational practices, student-centered pedagogies, and ethical approaches to educational technology. Dr. Jhangiani is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, the Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus, and the Emerging Leader Award from Open Education Global. A co-author of three open textbooks in Psychology, his books include Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017) and Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Open Education (2020). Together with Dr. Robin DeRosa, he is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook. You can find him online @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Reflections from Psychology Faculty of Color
In 2021, the American Psychological Association published its framework for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion which aims to promote an accessible, equitable, and inclusive psychology that promotes human rights, fairness, and dignity for all. The EDI framework is relevant across all segments of psychology including education, science, practice, and advocacy. In this keynote panel discussion, invited panelists will explore the impact of equity, diversity, and inclusion in creating structural change in academia and other educational contexts. Panelists will also reflect on their personal experiences as faculty and scholars of color working in the area of teaching and learning in psychology.
Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez is Director of the Ethnicity, Race, and Cultural Affairs portfolio and Acting Director of the Human Rights Team at the American Psychological Association (APA). In this role, she provides supportive leadership to key stakeholder groups at APA, including the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion office.
Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez has more than 20 years of academic and clinical experience specializing in ethnicity, culture, race, diversity, intersectionality, and global issues. She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas. Her therapy practice was primarily oriented toward culturally affirming psychotherapy with individuals and families of color. Her scholarship and academic interests have included topics of multiculturalism, intersectionality, and teaching for global citizenship in higher education. As associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she served as chair of the Diversity Advisory Board, Faculty Fellow for the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies and was a member of the President’s Diversity Advisory Council.
Dr. Haynes-Mendez was previously Vice President for Diversity and International Relations at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA, Division 2) where she received a presidential citation for her “forward and innovative” work. Dr. Haynes-Mendez has also collaborated with the United Nations mandated University for Peace, to foster professional development and global citizenship for higher education faculty, staff, and administrators.