Graduate Student Diversity Committee

The mission of the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee is to raise awareness and facilitate ongoing training and dialogue about issues related to diversity and multiculturalism, including but not limited to: race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, and adoption. Members of the committee include PBS graduate students who are committed to promoting multicultural knowledge, competence, and social justice within the department walls and beyond. As of 2016, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee is a registered Graduate Student Organization (GSO) sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate Finance Committee, PBS department chair, and other grant-funding sources

2018-2019 Activities

Diversity Committee Undergraduate Travel Award: The PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee awards a $400 travel grant to a UMass undergraduate to aid in attending a research conference. In 2017, the winner was Ilhan Braxton, who attended the CUDCP (Council of University Directors for Clinical Psychology) conference.

Annual Diversity Retreat:  Each year, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee hosts a retreat, which is a opportunity for our community to convene and learn about topics relevant to multicultural practice and research. This year, the retreat will be a 5-part monthly series entitled “Recruitment, Retention, and Support for Students and Faculty of Color”. Each month, a lecture and subsequent discussion on a subpart of this topic will be held and will be open to the larger UMass community as well.

Northampton Pride:  For the sixth consecutive year, the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee will participate in Northampton Pride, which will take place on May 4, 2019. Co-sponsored by the Psychological Services Center, PBS Graduate Student Committee members will work alongside other nonprofit organizations to share information about local mental health services available to LGBTQ individuals in our community.

Wendy Helmer Memorial Graduate Student Grant: In loving memory of Wendy Helmer, longtime PSC secretary and proud supporter and friend of the PBS Graduate Student Diversity Committee, an annual $300 grant was established in her honor. Starting in the fall of 2016, this peer-nominated grant is awarded to a PBS graduate student who embodies Wendy’s spirit and commitment to social justice. Last year’s winners were Krystal Cashen and Genna Santorelli.

2018/2019 Executive Committee Members

Hal Grotevant (Faculty Advisor)

Krystal Cashen (Co-Chair)

Sarah McCormick (Co-Chair)

Sungha Kang

Deborah Wu

Shannon Gair

Joel Ginn

Brooke Burrows

Elle Waite

Members interested in joining the committee should email pbsdivcomm@gmail.com or the co-chair(s) listed above for more information. You can also find us on Facebook at @DivComm.