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Beginning to Talk about Diversity and Inclusion in NeuropsychologyShow content
Watch "Beginning to Talk about Diversity and Inclusion in Neuropsychology" a ground-breaking webinar where honest discussion refreshes the air around these important and sensitive issues.
Talking about diversity among LGBT+ peopleShow content
Talking about diversity among LGBT+ people was the second webinar in the Presidential Taskforce series on Diversity and Inclusion.
This webinar examined labels and self- identification, as the panel de constructed mono-sexist views and talked about the effects of discrimination
The pre-recorded session was hosted by trustee and chair of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section Adam Jowett.
Adam was joined by Dr Helen Driscoll, an evolutionary psychologist and with research interests including sexuality and sexual behaviour, dark personality, adult play and higher education pedagogy and, and Rusi Jaspal, a professor of psychology at Nottingham Trent University and a fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Professor Jaspal is an ambassador for the Honour Abuse Research Matrix in recognition of his research into forced marriage in British South Asian communities and author of more than one hundred journal articles and book chapters, many of which focus on identity among LGBT people and ethnic minorities.
The live discussion was hosted by Nasreen Fazal-Short, chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Presidential Taskforce.
Decolonising the curriculumShow content
Decolonising the curriculum was the third webinar in the presidential Taskforce series on Diversity and Inclusion.
This webinar examined how decolonisation can re- appropriate cultural ideas of people that were subverted by colonial history. We examined what is being taught, how it is being taught and what is missing. We asked questions about who’s voice isn’t being heard and how do we bring those voices to the forefront.
Decolonising the curriculum is not about moving or dumping what is being taught presently, it’s about creating space and introducing multiple voices set to enrich and empower the curriculum as well as continue the long journey of decolonising the mind.
The pre-recorded session was hosted by Dr Patrick Hylton.
In addtion to his postion of senior lecturer at Lincoln University, Patrick has prduced numerous artlces for publication.
In assocation with former collegeus Debbie Weekes Bernard and Tina Ramkalawan he created one of the first Black psychology modules in the UK in the late 1990’s, which was taught at Nottingham Trent University.
One of Patrick's most notable works, 'Now that we found love what are we going to do with it?’, is a narrative understanding of Black identity and was published in the Theory and Psycolology Journal.
For the pre-recorded session Patrick was joined by Dr Udeni Salmon and Dr Michele Perry-Springer.
Dr Udeni Salmon is part of an interdisciplinary team working on creating a dynamic and interactive web-based platform aimed at accelerating meaningful changes in attitude and behaviour towards diversity, and facilitating inclusive research environments across the sector. Udeni’ s subject specialisms and research interests are concerned with how power manifests itself in organisational relationships. She uses intersectionality, critical race theory, black feminist theory and Pierre Bourdieu's "thinking tools" to theoretically inform her work. She writes in the areas of family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and modern slavery.
Dr Michele Perry-Springer is an educator with 25 years’ experience and many of those years have been with work and support to children young people with learning disabilities. She is also the president of the Association of Black Psychologists and is actively developing significant work within the black communities introducing psychological frameworks based on African traditions.
Michele has worked as an Educational Psychologist for the past 15 years, working within schools to support the needs of children both in mainstream and specialist settings. Committed to helping to remove barriers to learning and to narrowing the gap for children and young people who are disadvantaged by their circumstances Michele’s specialism is working with children and young people in care and those who have been adopted.
The live panel was hosted by Presidential taskforce chair Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short.
Alongside the webinar speakers Nasreen was joined by:
Malcolm Phillips, a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. He has spent more than 30 years developing and managing mental health and counselling services for Black communities in the NHS, local authorities and in the voluntary sector. He was the founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean mental Health Network and with Pattigift African Centred Therapy Service delivers a Diploma in Black Psychology and African-Centred Therapy.
Layne Whittaker, an undergraduate psychology student at the Open University, graduating in 2021.She work as a British Sign Language Interpreter, making sure members of the Deaf community have equal access, and ultimately aims to complete an MSc in Occupational psychology focusing on Diversity and inclusion. Layne is a member of the taskforce
Simon Goodman, a senior lecturer in psychology who uses discursive psychology to address a number of issues. Simon specialises on the ways in which potentially prejudicial arguments against asylum seekers as well as issues around race and racism.
Laura Kilby, a Reader in social psychology based at Sheffield Hallam University. As a critical social psychologist her primary research interests centre upon examining relationships between power, discourse and the construction of marginalised identities and marginalised groups. Laura is a member of the taskforce
Fabianna Dennis, a 2nd year psychology and behavioural sciences undergraduate student at Cambridge University. Fabianna recently featured in a BBC documentary called Being Black at Cambridge.