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Sunday, March 8 • 10:05am - 11:20am
Feminism as a Tool to Connect Latinas to Graduate Psychology Training

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Latina doctoral students’ struggles encompass a combination of individual, familial, and institutional factors that can affect success. In addition to pre-existing barriers (e.g. low SES), Latinas face institutional barriers including stigmatization, discrimination based on race, gender, and class, perceived hostility, and lack of financial support. Departmental barriers for Latinas include lack of mentors, tokenization by peers, and marginalization and low expectations from professors (Gonzalez, 2006). The impact includes Latinas experiencing cultural isolation as a result of leaving their families and tokenization on campus, and that, as ethnic minority women, many feel the need to work twice as hard as their peers to prove their legitimacy. In this paper we offer recommendations for how graduate psychology programs can use feminism as a tool to recruit and retain Latina students. Feminism is especially well suited to address this need because it considers how gender, race and ethnicity and social class impact women’s academic and professional endeavors. Recommendations offered in this paper include paving a financial path for success, meeting linguistic needs in clinical training settings, increasing diversity representation amongst students and faculty, and expanding the knowledge production in the field of psychology to include the voices of Latinas.

Sunday March 8, 2015 10:05am - 11:20am PDT