Karen L. Suyemoto, Professor, Psychology and Transnational Cultural and Community Studies University of Massachusetts Boston.

In a general sense, I am interested in the ways that we create, maintain, and resist systems of oppression within social contexts, and the ways that our positions within these systems affect our psychological worldviews, social relationships (both individual and group), and mental health. Within this interest, my work has focused primarily on racialized oppression, particularly for people of Asian heritage in the United States. In this talk, I aim to briefly describe racialization as the conceptual foundation of my work within multicultural psychology, describing how racialization is a socialization process related to socially created hierarchies of power, privilege, and oppression.  I will then present an abbreviated overview of the psychological and relational effects of living in a racialized world for people of color and White people in the U.S., effects which have been supported by research in the field (my own and others). I will conclude by describe examples of recent empirical studies focusing on ways that people resist the experience or effects of racialization, with a focus on the role of education in developing that resistance.

The seminar will be held in English.

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