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Winter Roundtable: Gender and Social Class Issues

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Winter Roundtable: Gender and Social Class Issues

Joseph E. Trimble receives the Helms Award Citation from Roundtable Coordinator Professor Robert Carter.

Winter Roundtable: Gender and Social Class Issues

Joseph Everett Trimble, recipient of the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Psychology and Education.

This year's Winter Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education, under the direction of Robert T. Carter, Professor of Psychology and Education at TC, looked at the issue of "Dealing with Gender and Social Class in Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education." The two-day event, customarily held on the last Friday and Saturday of February, featured presentations on topics such as relating to oral history interviews and analysis, Latinas in higher education, male identity issues, how gender affects activity choices in young children, and the impact of Asian-American stereotypes.

Michelle Fine, a TC Ph.D. alumna, presented the keynote address, "Assault on Trust: The Relentless Criminalization of African-American and Latino Youth." Fine is Professor of Social/Personality Psychology at CUNY Graduate School and University Center and is actively involved with public school reform and research with and for women in prison.

TC faculty who presented at the Roundtable included Cally Waite, Assistant Professor of History and Education, who spoke on oral history interviewing and analysis. Madonna Constantine, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, spoke about multicultural competence in counseling. Assistant Professor of Music Education Lori Custodero conducted a workshop with Professor of Education Leslie Williams on "Gender and Disposition Toward Activity Choice in Young Children: An Enduring Dilemma."

The Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Psychology and Education has been an important part of the event. The Recipient of this year's award, Joseph Everett Trimble, is a distinguished social psychologist and scholar whose work focuses on understanding Native American people. As one of the foremost scholars on Native American people, he has studied diverse topics including measurement of self-image and ethnic identification, values, alienation, adolescent socialization, drug use and misuse. He is currently a distinguished Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and has spent the majority of his career at Western Washington University conducting research and helping agencies develop programs of research and intervention.

Trimble presented the Helms Award Lecture on "Restoring Our Connections: Ethnocultural Influences on Spirituality, Identity, and the Human Condition" on Friday afternoon. On Saturday evening, at a reception honoring all of the invited speakers, Trimble received the Helms Award. Honorees are given a plaque, a citation of achievement and $1000, which acknowledges the importance and difficulty of writing and conducting research on racial and cultural topics.

As she normally does, Janet E. Helms participated in the Roundtable program by conducting a workshop with Jennifer Manly, an Assistant Professor at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons, on "Race, Gender and Social Class: Implications for Testing and Assessment." Helms, a Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at Boston College, has written extensively on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice.

For the sixth year, Roundtable participants were given the opportunity to network with employers seeking to hire recent graduates and experienced practitioners from culturally diverse backgrounds. The Résumé and Information Exchange enabled participants to submit their résumés to a group of employers representing colleges, universities, schools, hospitals, community agencies and major corporations.

In order to provide participants with a forum where journal editors and representatives discuss the publication process of their respective journals, the Roundtable features Pathways to Publication. Journals such as The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of College Student Development, Race, Gender & Class, and Teachers College Record were represented this year.

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