Integrating Social Justice Advocacy and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Graduate Training

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. evaluate and address barriers and challenges within recruitment and retention of CLD graduate students within graduate training programs in school psychology.
  2. implement research-based practices for recruitment and retention on various systems levels.
  3. develop and incorporate social justice advocacy training within the graduate program and student organizations.


School psychology programs must be intentional in recruiting and retaining diverse graduate students to address the nationwide shortage of school psychologists. This session will help participants (a) address barriers in the recruitment and retention of CLD graduate students, (b) help student leaders and faculty incorporate social justice advocacy and interdisciplinary collaborative training within graduate programs, and (c) provide strategies from a successful OSEP-funded interdisciplinary training grant that promotes diversity in school psychology and allied professions.



Andy V. Pham, Florida International University
Philip Lazarus, Florida International University
Quennie S. Dong, Florida International University
Renee K. Bastian, Florida International University


Annela Costa, Dominique Walker, Stephania P. Desir, Jessica L. Bus


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