Women of Color Graduate Students: Cultivating Validation and Solidarity

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about participatory action research as an alternative to traditional research.
  2. understand the lived experiences of female graduate students of color in school psychology doctoral programs.
  3. identify areas of support, community building and diverse resources for women of color graduate students.


We discuss how dynamics of race and gender unfold in school psychology graduate programs. This presentation is based on a 13-week participatory action research project conducted with 17 women of color pursuing a doctoral degree in school psychology at various universities across the United States.



Sujay Sabnis, Miami University
Marie L. Tanaka, University of Arizona
Kayla Beard, University of Arizona
Sherrie L. Proctor, Queens College


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