The School Psychology Advocacy Collective for [Racial/Social] Equity (SPACE) is a student-led group that aims to address issues of diversity within counseling, assessment, consultation, school climate, and the training of school psychologists. SPACE leads current and future TC School Psychology students, alumni, and faculty to continue to engage in critical dialogue, partnership, and action resulting in long-term implementation of racial and social justice practices.
As a program that prides itself on its commitment to proactively addressing student feedback through the content and scope of training students receive, TC School Psychology students are confident that SPACE will be another way to extend this value.
We define diversity as: all aspects of one’s identity including internal dimensions (i.e., gender, age, race, language, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability); external dimensions (i.e., social class, religion, and parental status); life experience dimensions (i.e., historical and current events, various living or employment situations); and the intersectionality of all dimensions as they apply to the students in our program, faculty, and the communities we serve.
The committee is dedicated to:
SPACE is currently shifting the culture of the School Psychology community by doing the following:
Multicultural Affairs Office at Columbia College: This office is primarily responsible for working with Columbia College undergraduates and Columbia School of Engineering, but their trainings are available to Columbia-affiliates as well. Though this list is not exhaustive, we recommend the following offerings:
Edmund W Gordon Lecture series: Held by the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College in the summer (remote live streams are also available). This event features top researchers in America discussing racism within education.
We build cohort strength based on diversity, thereby enhancing varied interests, experiences, and perspectives within the program. A lack of diversity in the field of school psychology limits the perspectives, skills, and ideas represented within the field.
SPACE hopes to cultivate an environment of students who have the following characteristics:
Community outreach and engagement means working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people.
As Black- and Latinx- populations make up the majority of the surrounding community in Harlem and Washington Heights, it is important to lift up our neighborhood by engaging with the community and supporting BIPOC-owned businesses.
These are some guidelines that should be kept in mind when interacting with the community, as recommended by the Community Tool Box: meet people where they are, be respectful, listen to your community, build trust and relationships, get the word out in a non-stigmatizing manner, offer service and information in a variety of locations (including home visits) and at non-traditional times, especially after work hours, make written information friendly and easy to understand, provide information in the primary language of those who will use the service, follow-up. https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/implement/access-barriers-opportunities/outreach-to-increase-access/main.