How Can the Profession Practice What It Preaches?
In her review of Making Our Voices Heard: Women of Color in Academia, Jessica Henderson Daniel notes the candid disclosures of the academics participating in the volume. The narratives provide an opportunity for women in academic positions not only to "compare and contrast their reactions and responses to those incidents presented in the book" but also to consider whether "there might be more effective strategies, for example, consultations and alternative ways to conceptualize the situation." Henderson Daniel also highlights the role of mentoring in women's success in the academic environment and notes that the book itself could serve as a discussion topic within a mentoring context. In addition, she suggests readings from psychology to help readers place the narratives in perspective. Although psychology has produced scholarship that can facilitate processing the narratives and discussions presented, have the discipline and the profession critically examined the experiences of women of color in the profession today? To what extent do stereotypes continue to affect participation, productivity, and longevity in the field? Are we overdue to take advantage of insights from our own profession?
By Jessica Henderson Daniel
PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(22)