Voices From the Field: Practicing Diversity in the Field

Posted on 2/27/2015 12:48:45 PM
Issues of Diversity: Voices from the Field

A Working Paper Series

The Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research

Join IUP faculty and student presenters in a discussion of their research. Explore topics related to diversity, social equity and inclusion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. 

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All sessions meet 11:45 am – 1:00 pm in 201 Stabley, Stapleton Library

Brown bag lunches are welcome!

February 25:  Practicing Diversity in the Field 

Angela Terepka, Department of Psychology, “Sexual Identity and Religious Ideals: Therapeutic Considerations when Working with Contending Areas of Diversity

As a field psychology has significantly increased its focus on multiculturalism and emphasis on respect for client’s rights and dignity in the professional ethical code. Despite these provisions, the path to inclusion remains difficult, especially when two areas of diversity collide.  Such is the case when working with religious lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clientele. What happens when an individual encompasses both identities and feels that they are incongruent? Is one identity compromised while the other perseveres? Is it possible that both identities can be maintained without causing a detriment to the psychological well-being of the individual? The presentation aims to recognize relevant areas of competency and ethical considerations that therapists must navigate in conducting therapy with religious LGBT individuals.

Leigh Casey Campetti, Department of Anthropology, “Out in the Field? Queer Archaeologists, Queer Archaeology, and CRM”

A perennial critique of cultural resources management (CRM) has been its perceived overemphasis on field methods and its dissociation from advancements in archaeological theory, particularly the integration of gendered archaeologies and feminist perspectives. Over the past two decades CRM has made considerable gains toward inclusivity of theory - however, the climate for queer practitioners in CRM working as field technicians, managers, and principal investigators, does not readily reflect these gains. In addition to very real issues in seeking employment and receiving fair promotions, the work environments (particularly the field) for CRM archaeologists can be willfully ignorant or outwardly hostile toward LGBTQ issues.  This presentation discusses the challenges, opportunities, and benefits involved in the creation of safe workspaces for queer CRM archaeologists through an examination of the invisibility of queer field practitioners, issues surrounding legislative and corporate discrimination, and the connections between queer archaeologists and the larger conversation of queer archaeology.

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Wednesday, 4 March: Women’s Rights in the Islamic World

Hassnaa K. H. Mohammed, Political Science

Samah Elbelazi, English