Kumea Shorter-Gooden is Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her bachelor's degree (Magna Cum Laude) at Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland. Her research and publications have been in the area of identity development and psychotherapy with African Americans. She has published in journals such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Mental Health, The Journal of Black Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Journal of Adolescence.
Dr. Shorter-Gooden’s lecture will focus on her book Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America. Through the centuries, to cope with racial and gender discrimination, African American women have at times altered their speech, appearance, and behavior. They have shifted emotionally as they struggled to feel good about themselves in a hostile world. And often, in myriad ways, they have fought back. Kumea Shorter-Gooden and her co-author, Charisse Jones, have attempted to shine a light on the double lives of Black women in America. The African American Women's Voices Project gathered the stories of 400 women from all walks of life and every corner of the country who spoke about their triumphs and challenges on the job, raising Black children, in romantic relationships and in recognizing their own beauty. Their voices provide powerful and poignant insights into the psychology of Black women.
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