This year's theme, "#hoodiesup2015: breaking cycles of violence, building alliances, mobilizing resources", celebrates 32 years of accomplishments, while beholding the promise of fighting social injustice by leaders in the fields of cultural psychology and education.
We will emphasize research and interventions in community, school, and family settings, as well as individual development, regarding a wide range of topics, including language, literacy, access, wellness, cultural values, and experiences with oppression and discrimination.
The Winter Roundtable's legacy in honoring significant and promising research, practice, and training innovations in cultural psychology and education will include five highlighted conference features:
The presentation of the 12th Annual Social Justice Action Award
The presentation of the 25th Annual Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Psychology and Education
The Student Scholarship Program
Pathways to Publication
Pathways to Practice
BLACK LIFE MATTERS
Somewhere I read that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. Indeed, the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. underscore the difficulty of the hour in reconciling the trend highlighting the murder of young Black males in city after city across this country. And while the anger, frustration, rage, confusion, hurt, and pain percolate into constructive and sometimes non-constructive behavioral manifestations, the tone and tenor of the people’s outrage is being heard loud and clear all across this nation and around this world. The unwavering chorus of our collective harmony speaks with a resounding and uncompromising clarity, and whether the refrain is “hands up-don’t shoot”, or ”I can’t breathe”, the common thread beneath each of those sentiments is a cry to recognize the humanity of African descent people. Without question or hesitation, we boldly declare that BLACK LIFE MATTERS!
It must be difficult to embrace the ontological principle and sentiment of “consubstantiation” (elements of the universe are of the same substance) Dr. Wade Nobles introduced us to years ago, for if we as a society had, then the differential treatment Black people and other citizens of color receive when compared to their White counterparts wouldn’t exist. And yet study after study reveals biases in the way Black people are perceived and treated in almost every walk of life, despite claims to the contrary that the world really is fair, the playing field really is level, and we somehow live in a post-racial society. Indeed, Marimba Ani (1994) cautions us that “the maafa” is alive and well in America.
Our Brother and my friend Dr. Cornel West reminds us all that “we should never allow misery to have the last word.” And so, we thank you for your voices of outrage. But if the last word is a protest on the street or a demonstration on the expressway or college campus, and not a push for and realization of substantial social change in the way in which law enforcement and human decency is practiced in this country, then our voices will not have had the impact they need to have. If the last word is Black folks speaking out in anger about how they “feel” when asked by a reporter looking to chronicle the sensationalism of Black outrage, then our voices will not have had the impact that they should have had. James Baldwin (1963) was clear that ”to be Black and relatively conscious is to be in a constant state of rage almost all of the time.” So, why is Black outrage new? We need, and all the way from Irvine, California, we are calling for a NEW NARRATIVE!
For if our Brothers and Sisters in communities of color hear us; if our allies in the broader White community hear us; If Brothers and Sisters in the White community who live in denial about the existence of racism and the realities of biased policing really hear us; if police who wear the badge as a commitment to really uphold the law and protect and serve their communities really hear us; if politicians who pretend they “represent all of the people” yet propose and pass legislation detrimental to the social uplift of Black folks really hear us; then the next voices we hear should be those in the larger White community responding to the queries about what allows them to treat Black people the way they do and still retain their own humanity? What allows a teacher to diminish the intellectual genius of a African American child based on his/her skin color and treat him or her differentially in the classroom? What allows media consultants or movie producers and directors to dance around the issues of race without questions that penetrate deep into the psyche of Whites that is so well defended? What allows predominantly White juries to asperse the character of Black victims like Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice and then turn them into beasts to rationalize why their lives were justifiably assaulted? What allows police to denigrate the character of profiled suspects like Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Manuel Loggins, and those listed above reducing them to super-human animals that need to be subdued with lethal force? These are the questions I’d like our society to answer. These are the voices your pleas should call out to hear. For little will change if we only analyze the victim and not the victimizer. WE NEED A NEW NARRATIVE like the one we have begun at UC Irvine.
The justice we seek will not come if society’s gatekeepers only hear from those who are most oppressed. Rather, justice will only come when the masses of people in unified coalitions across demographic boundaries rise up and demand that change must happen now! But we are hopeful. Not because we expect federal government intervention in our affairs to render justice to these victims. That trend is decades old. We are hopeful because we have seen change in our lifetime. Dr. King was clear that: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We would argue however that bending the arc sufficiently toward real and not just illusionary justice will take the collective efforts of all of humanity, and not just the oppressed of the world, to usher in the change and justice we seek.
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D
Distinguished Psychologist and Past President
Association of Black Psychologists
American Psychological Association
Past Chair of Education
100 Black Men of America
Dr. Joseph L. White
Association of Black Psychologists
University of California Irvine
Dr. Miville speaks out on the conference theme of the 2015 Roundtable:
Friday, February 13th
(Light) Breakfast and Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Address from President of Teachers College: 9:00 - 9:15
Keynote: 9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Programming: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pathways to Publication: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Programming: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Janet E. Helms Action Award Address: 2:00 p.m. -2:45 p.m.
Social Justice Action Award Address: 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Award Presentations: 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Reception and Student Poster Session: 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
(Light) Breakfast and Registration: 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Elders Plenary: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Programming: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*Please check out our Book Exhibit, which will be available during all day Friday and Saturday*