Diversifying the Field: Supporting and Empowering Minoritized Graduate Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about research base in challenges and barriers faced by minoritized graduate students in school psychology.
  2. summarize research-based strategies graduate educators may use in supporting school psychology graduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  3. learn methods to cultivate a welcoming, accepting, inclusive culture within training programs whose faculty and staff are from primarily nonminoritized backgrounds.
  4. discuss specific ways that practitioners can become involved in the support of minoritized students.


How can graduate training programs cultivate inclusive, equitable, evidence-based practices that recruit, retain, and support students from minoritized backgrounds? In this paper presentation, facilitators will provide an overview of the current literature base regarding the need for diversification within the field, and the challenges and barriers of graduate students from minoritized backgrounds. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss how all stakeholders can work to support minoritized students with a panel of professionals.



Marie L. Tanaka, University of Arizona
Rachel M. Wiegand, Chapman University
Amy K. Barton, University of Houston


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