Diversifying psychology resources
Empirical papers and institutional reports relating to racism in higher education and curriculum whiteness
- Alexander, C., and Arday, J. (Eds). (2015). Aiming Higher: race, inequality and diversity in the academy. Runnymede Perspectives. The report outlines how, whilst access to higher education has increased amongst BME students, inequality still exists in terms of experience and attainment.
- Arnett, J. J. (2008). The neglected 95% why American psychology needs to become less American. American Psychologist, 63(7), 602–614. https://doi.org/10.1037/0003-066X.63.7.602 Content analysis of popular psychology papers highlighting samples and authorship are predominately White and Western.
- Bhopal, K., Brown, H. & Jackson, J. (2016) BME academic flight from UK to overseas higher education: aspects of marginalisation and exclusion. British Educational Research Journal 42(4), 240-257. The paper outlines why BME academics leave higher education, highlighting barriers to career progression and lack of coaching and mentoring as well as lack of recognition for their research.
- Clifford, V. & Montgomery, C (2014). Challenging conceptions of Wester higher education and promoting graduates as global citizens. Higher Education Quarterly, 68(1), 28-45. Addresses the issue of globalization and the internationalization of the curriculum through academic staff participating in an online course.
- Finger/ Jezebel (2015) http://jezebel.com/heres-how-new-texas-public-school-textbooks-write-about-1726786557 Analysis of Texan school textbooks’ treatment of slavery. Highlights minimization of it.
- Forstorp, P. (2008). Who’s colonizing who? The knowledge society thesis and the global challenges of higher education. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 27(4), 227-236. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11217-007-9072-0 The concepts of ‘globalization’ and ‘knowledge society’ are expressions of neo-colonialism and assume a Eurocentric bias. Alongside increasing numbers of students from non-western countries attending higher education in the West, the growth of higher education in China and India have started to see a process of ‘outknowing of the West’ leading to the question ‘Who is colonizing who?’
- Henrich, J., Heine, S. J., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). The weirdest people in the world? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(2–3), 61–83. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X0999152X Content analysis of popular social science papers highlighting samples are predominately White & Western.
- NUS Racism in HE report (2012) http://www.nus.org.uk/PageFiles/12238/NUS_Race_for_Equality_web.pdf Focus groups and survey (N = 938) highlighting impact of whiteness on BME students in UK higher education.
- Pilkington, A. (2013). The interacting dynamics of institutional racism in higher education. Race Ethnicity and Education, 16(2), 225-245. A brief overview of the article is available here. Based upon the Macpherson report which claims that public organisations in British society are characterised by institutional racism and the Parek report which identifies 10 components of institutional racism, the article examines which are present in a Central England university. The paper highlights evidence that BME students are more likely to drop out, gain less good honours degrees, leave with fewer job prospects and exhibit less satisfaction in NSS surveys. This is reflected in academic staffing.
- Sonn, C. C. (2008). Educating for anti racism producing and reproducing race and power in a university classroom. Race Ethnicity and Education, 11(2), 155-166. A paper exploring the issues associated with teaching about race, culture, and ethnicity in Psychology including consideration of how students respond to challenges to taken‐for‐granted understandings of race. It is discussed how students often engage in the reproduction of oppressive practices and invest in whiteness.
- Turney, L., Law, I., and Phillips, D. (n.d.) Institutional racism in higher education. Building the anti-racist university: a toolkit Outlines the findings of a HEFCE funded Innovation project based at the University of Leeds suggesting areas for consideration across the curriculum, teaching and assessment.
- UCL Collective (2015). 8 reasons the curriculum is white Outlines the issue of ‘race’ as an ideologically constructed social phenomenon and offers eight answers to the question: why is the curriculum white?
- Universities Scotland (2010) Race equality toolkit: learning and teaching http://www.universities-scotland.ac.uk/raceequalitytoolkit/ Provides practical guidance on ensuring equality across the curriculum, learning and teaching and assessment as well as recommended institutional action.
BME Psychology Groups
- The Minorities in Clinical Training Group http://www.bps.org.uk/networks-and-communities/member-microsite/division-clinical-psychology/minorities-clinical-training-group
- The Association of Black Psychologists http://www.abpsi.org/
- Journal of Black Psychology http://jbp.sagepub.com/
- Pan African Psychology Union http://www.panafricanpsychologyunion.org/
BME, anti-racist and anti-sexist HE archives
- Decolonizing Science Reading List https://medium.com/@chanda/decolonising-science-reading-list-339fb773d51f#.om5w2ivfq Compiled by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
- 10 African American psychologists http://activemindsblog.org/10-african-african-american-psychologists-you-should-know/ Gratefully compiled & shared by Barrace Wallce Jr.
- Holliday (2009). The History and Visions of African American Psychology. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15,4, 317-337 A history of African American psychology.
- Psychology’s Feminist Voices. A brilliant archive dedicated to highlighting women’s and feminist’s contributions to psychology. Features many BME women psychologists.