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 2024-2025

Psychology

Community Psychology

Open, Lecture—Spring

PSYC 2052

This is an 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. Community psychology 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, it 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. Course objectives: Students will know and understand the basic principles of community psychology. Students will gain a critical understanding of different theories, concepts, and methodologies of community psychology. Students will learn to identify important social issues within their own lives and communities. Students will gain practice writing and speaking to those issues, utilizing community psychology methods. Students will outline and develop a community research project that addresses an issue of their choosing.

Faculty

Previous Courses

Psychology

Community Psychology

Open, Lecture—Spring

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of community psychology, which is primarily concerned with individuals in their social context. Community psychology seeks to support and understand communities and to conduct research that helps communities thrive. Sometimes, community psychology engages broadly by doing work focused on large connected and diverse communities, such as the Black community; and sometimes it 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.

Faculty