My commitment to diversity and social justice means that I strive to attend to issues of power, privilege, and oppression in courses, research, and professional service. In these efforts, I am guided by feminist and multicultural principles summarized by Goodman et al. (2004) as a useful compass for social justice work in counseling psychology. These principles are:
- Ongoing self-examination, including vigilance regarding power dynamics and the assumptions and values underlying our views, goals, and commitments.
- Sharing power, including transparency about power differences, engaging in collaborative processes when appropriate, and fostering the power of marginalized individuals and groups.
- Amplifying and attending to the voices and experiences of groups and individuals with relatively less power.
- Consciousness raising by attending to how individual or group difficulties may be shaped by political, societal, institutional, interpersonal, and other contextual power dynamics.
- Focusing on people’s strengths and engaging these strengths to address challenges, including working toward social change.
- Promoting self-determination with the people I work with by developing tools that are informed by the needs and experiences of the constituent communities.