Counseling & Human Development

In a TEDMED talk, Stevenson says 'We need a racial literacy to decode the politics of racial threat in America'

Racial stress is more than a feeling. It's a threat to physical health.

At the latest TEDMED conference, Penn GSE's Howard Stevenson explained how "centuries of racial discrimination, dehumanization, and illness" come to threaten the lives of people of color. Stevenson, a clinical psychologist and director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, offered a path forward built on racial literacy.

Bringing Gender Consciousness into the Classroom

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Penn GSE authors encourage educators to consciously acknowledge gender as a way to support and engage all students in the classroom

By taking a gender conscious approach, educators develop and display an awareness of how gender bias, roles, and expectations play into their teaching practice, and ultimately move towards more equitable teaching. 


Gender matters. In a society where messages about gender roles, norms, and expectations surround us, and where girls and women remain underrepresented in STEM fields and at the highest levels of leadership in business, medicine, education, and politics, these persistent biases often find their way into the classroom.


Wolf: Children from poor neighborhoods are less likely to be ready for school

As the income gap in America continues to grow, more families are living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty. Children growing up in those neighborhoods are less likely to be academically ready to start kindergarten, Penn GSE’s Sharon Wolf recently told Education Week.

Racial Empowerment Collaborative helps families confronting racism

Dr. Riana Anderson (left) works with students on emotional responses and comebacks to racism.

Talking about suicide helps prevent it, writes Counseling alumna

Nitika Gupta, a Licensed Professional Counselor, recently wrote about suicide prevention for the Huffington Post. A graduate of Penn GSE’s Professional Counseling M.Phil.Ed. and M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, she’s a practicing clinician in Mumbai, India.

“There exists a ubiquitous misconception that talking about suicide, particularly to naïve, impressionable youth, might plant the undesirable idea in their minds.” Gupta writes.




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