Richard C. Clark

Richard C.

Undergraduate Discipline

Psychology

University of California Santa Cruz. PhD candidate, CUNY Graduate Center. Clark (they, she, her) is a community activist, researcher, and professor whose work broadly deals with engaging in collective forms of resistance and holding human complexity. Her current work interrogates what it means to decenter whiteness while navigating experience, identity, standardization, hierarchy, and other social systems. Clark uses organizing, teaching, and research in order to heal from, resist against, and dream beyond the legacies of violence we exist in. She also teaches at City College of New York. SLC, 2022- 

Undergraduate Courses 2021-2022

Psychology

Community Psychology

Open, Small Lecture—Spring

This is an Open Educational Resources (OER)-based, zero-cost course designed to introduce students to the field of community psychology. Community psychology is primarily concerned with individuals in their social context; it seeks to support and understand communities and conduct research that helps those communities thrive. Sometimes, community psychology engages more broadly by doing work focused on the large connected and diverse communities, such as the Black community. Sometimes, community psychology is more focused, such as on a community of students at a single university. As a critical community psychologist myself, my focus has always been on social justice, change, and activism. As such, this course will engage with critical theories, concepts, and methods within the field of community psychology. In doing so, it is my hope that students will gain a deeper understanding of community psychology. The course will move away from and challenge the traditional community deficit models and, instead, emphasize community psychology that focuses on community issues, engagement, empowerment, activism, and work.

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