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Disrupting injustice: An action plan to mobilize social change within psychology Series, Week 8

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall, 205 55 West 13th Street, Room I-205, New York, NY 10011

Week 8: Monday 30th April

Location: Hirshon Suite (Room 205) of 2 West 13th St. building
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Film: Gavin, Madeleine, Katz, Judith, & Sunshine, Gary. (2003). What I Want My Words To Do To You.  

Optional materials

Torre, E. & Fine, M. (2005). Bar None: Extending Affirmative Action to Higher Education in Prison. Journal of Social Issues, 61(3), 569-594

Film: DuVernay, Ava. (2016). 13th. Los Angeles: Kandoo Films.


Week 8: Thursday 3rd May

Location: Hirshon Suite (Room 205) of 2 West 13th St. building
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Speaker: Ragnhild Bruland

Join Ragnhild Bruland as she presents her research on the ways in which dance influences resilience and coping mechanisms for youth. Ragnhild’s research focuses on the Flex Program, an arts education initiative founded in 2014 that fosters positive growth among young people in difficult circumstances through creative mentorship and dance.

The New York-based program consists of two formats. The first, FlexIN, is an onsite service provided in facilities such as secure detention centers and foster care, while FlexOUT, provides free workshops for high school students.

Optional materials

Sheets-Johnstone. (1981). Thinking in movement. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 39(4), 399-407.

Video: Flex is Kings


Presented by Eugene Lang College for the Arts and The New School for Social Reseach


Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions, Film and Media Screenings


Students, Faculty, Staff


Cities and Urbanism, Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Politics, Policy and Government, Race In The U.S.


The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts





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As students in psychology and aspiring clinicians, we feel it is pertinent to provide a space in which to focus not only on multicultural issues, but those pertaining to broader social justice initiatives and concerns. According to Goodman et al. (2004), a social justice approach can be defined as “scholarship and professional action designed to change societal values, structures, politics and practices such that disadvantaged groups gain increased access to these tools of self-determination.”

As a result, we believe it is necessary to expand our focus to include how attention to individual well-being may be contextualized in efforts to promote a more just and equitable society. Our aims, ultimately, are dual and reciprocal: 1) to conceptualize ways in which to incorporate a social justice lens on both a micro level with clients, and also a macro level with advocacy work, and 2) to understand how injustices in a variety of spheres (criminal justice, housing, etc.) affect the well-being of individuals, particularly for those who are disproportionately likely to be oppressed by these systems and who have access to fewer resources.

With this in mind, we have spent several months questioning what a social justice-oriented clinical psychology program might look like. This is just one of the many questions that has framed our “action plan,” an eight-week program of events at the New School, including films, lunchtime talks and readings that cover a range of issues from white supremacy to reproductive justice. Our focus includes both consciousness-raising initiatives, and exercises to explore how our work could be utilized to speak to the lived experiences of the diverse communities we intend to serve. Although our action plan is just a small step towards answering these questions, we hope it will be of use not just to our fellow students at the New School, but also to others, in clinical psychology programs elsewhere. 

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