Amplified Voices: A Conversation and Action Series 

About: Amplified Voices is a graduate student-led initiative in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, designed to provide a platform that honors and celebrates BIPOC scholars. Inclusive excellence speaker series traditionally reach the short-term goal of providing representation for scholars of color. However, this brief exposure fails to address the deeper political alienation students of color often experience within academia. The Amplified Voices series attempts to address this void by extending beyond mere representation to building community by bookending every guest presentation with opportunities for community preparation and practice. ASU Psychology community members will be provided with speaker-curated resources as a primer for the presentations. To facilitate post-event practice, each presentation will include calls-to-action (CTAs) to activate change. These CTAs will be ongoing calls aimed at addressing areas of growth, particularly as they relate to race relations and other intersectional social justice issues.

Amplified Voices has concluded events for the 2022-23 academic year.

Amplified Voices has concluded events for the 2022-23 academic year. We look forward to announcing our speaker program for the 2023-24 academic year in August 2023.

Upcoming Events

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Please join us for the next installment of Amplified Voices

Event Date: 11/16: 3:30-5:00 p.m. (Arizona time)
Zoom Link:
Live-stream viewing: PSY Library, Room 230

Talk Title:
Check All that Apply: Reconsidering Race & Ethnicity

Talk Description:
We all have multiple identities—race, gender, age, sexual orientation, occupation, etc. However, psychology research has traditionally focused on the effects stemming from one identity (i.e., race OR gender), rather than trying to measure how belonging to multiple groups may actually shift our behavior and treatment by others.

The Multiracial demographic—those who identify with multiple racial/ethnic groups—reflects one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, and yet research to date has often either excluded them or incorrectly categorized them, resulting in a dearth of knowledge surrounding their unique outcomes. Here, inclusive of child and adult participant samples, I will review my research to date highlighting some of those unique Multiracial and Multicultural experiences related to identity flexibility and denial with an emphasis on arguing for why it is we should consider this racial demographic separately from monoracial categories.

In sum, this talk will push our existing notions of identity research to be more inclusive of multiple identification and the variation that exists across diverse settings.


Dr. Sarah Gaither is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and a faculty affiliate for the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, the Center on Health and Society, and Population Research Institute at Duke University. Her research focuses broadly on how a person’s social identities and experiences across the lifespan motivate their social perceptions and behaviors in diverse settings. More specifically, she studies how contact with diverse others shapes social interactions, how having multiple racial or multiple social identities affects different types of social behavior and categorizations of others, and what contexts shape the development of racial perceptions and biases from childhood through adulthood. Dr. Gaither has become a leader in the field of multiple identity and Multiracial research with over 60 publications and her being a recipient of APS’s Rising Star designation, a Society for Experimental Social Psychology Fellow, a SPSP Sage Young Scholar and SPSSI Michelle Alexander Early Career Awardee, in addition to obtaining tenure at Duke. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Russell Sage Foundation, The Charles Lafitte Foundation, and The Spencer Foundation. Dr. Gaither has also garnered media attention including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Magazine, People, BBC, and NPR.


To prepare for this session, Dr. Gaither has asked you think about the following questions:

What does identity mean to you? What makes an identity an identity? How and when did you learn about your identities? How flexible do you see your identities being? How integrated or separate are your identities from each other? 

Optional:  Listen to this NPR Codeswitch podcast featuring Dr. Gaither (one of the top Codeswitch episodes) about imposter syndrome:

Learn more about about her identity and motivation for the work she does, in this op-ed she wrote:


Past Events

Please join us for the next installment of Amplified Voices

Event Date: 3/16: 3:30-5:00
Zoom Replay Link:
Talk Title:
Leveraging developmental and behavioral genetic approaches to understand ethnic/racial minoritized adolescents’ resilience

Talk Description:
Ethnic/racial socialization represents the behaviors, practices, and worldviews children receive about ethnicity/race. Although ethnic/racial socialization is theorized to be a means to prepare children to cope with ethnic/racial discrimination, empirical studies have found mixed and conflicting results. In my talk, I will present how I integrate developmental frameworks and behavioral genetics to understand how ethnic/racial socialization predicts children's resilience following ethnic/racial discrimination. Specifically, I use multi-method, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approaches to elucidate: (1) why distinguishing between perpetrators of ethnic/racial socialization matters for children's development and (2) the direct and intergenerational consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. I will conclude with my future directions utilizing behavioral genetic approaches to study race-related dynamics among adolescent-aged siblings of color. Throughout my presentation, I will discuss how my research supports efforts promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To better understand the background for Dr. Del Toro’s talk, please read the following chapter that he selected. Access provided by the ASU Library (attached pdf).

Hughes, D., Rivas, D., Foust, M., Hagelskamp, C., Gersick, S., & Way, N. (2008). How to catch a moonbeam: A mixed-methods approach to understanding ethnic socialization processes in ethnically diverse families. In S. M. Quintana & C. McKown (Eds.), Handbook of race, racism, and the developing child (pp. 226–277). John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Calls to Action:

(1) Increase cross-disciplinary collaborations to capture the intergenerational nature of racism
(2) Research family-level processes and don't over-rely on samples of unrelated individuals 
(3) Measure the multiple perpetrators of influence in adolescents' lives, including peers, siblings, and educators

4/28 3:30-5:00
Jameson D. Lopez, PhD
Indigenous Statistics and Survey Research
Zoom Replay Link:


Jameson D. Lopez is an enrolled member of the Quechan tribe located in Fort Yuma, California. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor. He studies Native American postsecondary education using Indigenous statistics and has expertise in the limitations of collecting and applying quantitative results to Indigenous populations. He carries unique experiences to his research that include a 2010 deployment to Iraq as a platoon leader where he received a bronze star medal. Most importantly, he is a proud father of two beautiful children, Luna and Gordon, and proud husband to his partner Ashley.

In this talk, JD will present his scholarship that carves out approaches to Indigenous quantitative methods and demonstrates scholarly impact that thematically develops how we can speak to Native nation building and Indigenous data sovereignty using statistics.  He reinforces the idea that quantitative research also belongs to Indigenous people and fundamentally is changing how we conduct Indigenous research in the field.
To prepare for the talk, attendees are encouraged to watch the following 10-minute short film: Kwanamii | Protectors of the Quechan

3/31 3:30-5:00 Lory Janelle Dance, PhD. 
INTERSECTIONA-LEE-TY: How Bruce Lee Models Intersectionality As Critical Praxis 

Call to Action: Think of recent instances of bullying. Is there an anti-bully action you can take, if so what is it? Can you turn your artistic/creative/poetic/athletic ability or genius into an axis of activism around which solidarity can be built? If so, what is the first step you will take?

Born in Niagara Falls, New York but reared in Southern Virginia, Lory Janelle Dance is now a Husker and Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her areas of specialization include Racial and Ethnic Groups, Qualitative Methods, and Comparative and Cross-National Case Studies. Dance's publications include “Ideal Dialogues with Immigrants of Color in Sweden and the United States,” Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in 2019, “Performativity Pressures at Urban Schools in Sweden and New York,” Ethnography and Education in 2014, and “More Like Jazz Than Classical: Reciprocal Interactions Among Educational Researchers and Respondents,” Harvard Educational Review in 2010. Dance is currently completing a book manuscript titled Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, and Urban Change in Sweden and the U.S.

When not in the U.S., Dance is a Visiting Senior Researcher in Sweden at Lund University’s (LU) Human Rights Studies Program. Through her work at LU, Dance has established a symposium series called Streetposia, which refers to cross-national symposia that use poetic expressions to engage youths from marginalized urban backgrounds in critical debates, empowering dialogues, and life changing experiences. For more information see

In these times that fuel Abusive Power, we need models of Synergistic Power; awe-inspiring athletes of the past like Bruce Lee. As an Asian American often treated as an “oriental” stereotype, Bruce Lee once said: “You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because…under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different” (Nguyen 2020). Lee had multiple and intersecting identity differences from the White American mainstream (e.g., in regard to race, perceived nationality, religion). Lee used his knowledge of these intersecting identities to fight bigotry instead of dehumanizing those with less power. Though Bruce Lee may have never uttered the concept “Intersectionality,” his anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-nativist approaches to dealing with actual inequities, parallel the problem-solving approaches of intersectionality as critical praxis.

To prepare for the talk, attendees are encouraged to watch the following video: Intersectionality, Activism, and Political Solidarity: to gain familiarity with Patricia Hill Collins’ notion of extended definitions of activism


Bio: Bryan Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Rhode Island. He is the Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program where as a team they blend research on the social context of teaching and learning, faculty development of inclusive practices and programming in the cultivation of equity in education. He is also a Fellow with the John N. Gardner Institute where he assists institutions of higher education to cultivate best practices in inclusive education. He was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He immigrated in 1999 and attended Morehouse College for his Bachelors of Science in Biology after which he attended Florida International University for a Masters and PhD also in Biology. From there he transitioned to URI where his research focuses on inclusion and equity. Among his many publications is his 2019 piece “Deep teaching in a college STEM classroom” (cited below) that recentralizes dialogue as the basis for good teaching. He has conducted faculty development and given plenary addresses on this topic to over 50 institutions of higher education, corporations and K12 institutions across North America.

Description: Science education has for far too long focused on content delivery, even in unique and active ways. Here we discuss the ways in which education should be about more than content, and more about the cultivation of the individual. Using specific examples, we offer ways in which teaching strategies can speak more to the human experience and engender better opportunities for equity within the classroom and beyond.

The Danger of Silence

December 2, 2020

As a researcher and poet, Clint's work lies at the intersection of art and social science, creating a unique lens through which to think about American social stratification. Clint discusses the ideas of silence and empathy—both on a macro and micro level context. What are the historical silences that have shaped the landscape of our country and often go unacknowledged? What are the interpersonal silences that we perpetuate with our complicity? In what ways is our empathy towards people often contingent on the identity of those individuals? In this talk, Clint helps organizations understand and address how internal and external stakeholders are deeply affected by the sociopolitical phenomena that they experience every day in this age of political and social tumult. Clint shares personal stories to illuminate how we as individuals and organizations can all recognize the power of our voice. 


Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of the poetry collection, Counting Descent, which won the award for best poetry collection from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He is also the author of the forthcoming nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed (Little, Brown, 2021). His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. Clint received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University. 

Calls to action

  • CTA #1 (Everyone)
    Reflect on what stories and histories are included or omitted from our narratives.
    Who is included or excluded? What is the impact of this erasure and omission?
  • CTA #2 (Course Instructors/Educators at All Levels)
    Add historical context to your courses.
    When you discuss inequities, especially as they relate to health and other psychosocial outcomes, name the practices and policies that have impacted those inequities (e.g., redlining impacting food access, healthcare barriers to quality care, etc.).
  • CTA #3 (Researchers):
    Reframe your work that may be rooted in deficit models
    that also tend to pathologize behaviors that are simply different than behaviors based on white norms.

Click here for the Link to Replay of Webinar

CTA #1: Advocate for yourself or select someone you trust to do so.
Within the healthcare field, like many American industries, there is voluminous data on the harmful effects of medical racism on Black patients. To best protect our health, physically and emotionally, I urge us to seek out patient advocates who can work on our behalf and to advocate for treatment needs in other settings such as therapy.

CTA #2: Create representative syllabi (educators) & seek diverse sources (students)
Your syllabi should not replicate outdated, imprecise, and dangerous narratives about racially minoritized people that depict them as pathological. You should include authors who represent this nation's diversity (i.e. women, immigrant, racially minoritized people, authors across the gender and sexual identity spectrum, and those who are disabled). Students should hold their professors accountable for this and seek diverse authors in their independent research.

CTA #3: Share your story          
The history of Black people in the United States is tied to a deeply rich oral tradition. Make space to tell your medical stories of both trauma and healing as a way to build and honor community and as an act of resilience when medical providers refuse to honor your experiences and stories. Out of this practice, you can continue to develop compassion towards the restoration and maintenance of better health outcomes.

#Blackintheivroy: Amplifying the Voices of Blackademic Truthtellers About Anti-Black Racism

Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Shardé M. Davis will discuss the concurrent struggles and triumphs of being Black in the Ivory and how Blackademics (faculty and graduate students) can stand in our right as "truth tellers" to talk back and resist the racist systems that have historically oppressed us. When Blackademics tell our truth it has the possibility of empowering us all, yet this empowerment comes with great risk, institutionalized exploitation, and conspicuous consumption of our narratives. The benefits and costs are intricately connected and must be discussed as such. Dr. Davis will also offer personal accounts of how truth telling has unfolded in her life and how she has named, maneuvered, confronted, and resisted the problematic systems that are embedded within the academy. By the end of this talk, Dr. Davis will demonstrate the various ways that racism eats its way through the ivory tower and offer prescriptions about how academic institutions—and its individual members—might make lasting change. As preparation for this event, The Amplified Voices team suggests familiarizing yourself with the conversations on social media under the hashtag #BlackInTheIvory."


Dr. Shardé M. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut and is the creator of the viral Twitter hashtag, #BlackintheIvory.

Calls to Action:

CTA #1 A Renovation is Overdue

It’s time to get serious about uprooting anti-Black racism, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy from the university structure. A critical first step is naming these specific issues and voicing an explicit commitment to enact change within your immediate sphere of influence.

CTA #2 Reflect on Anti-Black Beliefs in One’s Personal Life

Before you do anti-racism work in the university, you should turn inward and consider the extent to which you perpetuate these beliefs “at home.”

CTA #3 Structural Changes at Departmental, College, and University levels

Quite simply, universities should engage in efforts that support racial equity by setting aside dedicated, institutional resources and dollars for Blackademics only.

CTA #4 Personal MicroBehaviors

There are simple yet impactful behaviors that everyone can employ day to day to begin changing the communication climate.

Steering Team

The Amplified Voices project was conceived and is coordinated by a team of graduate students in the Department of Psychology.

Olivia Maras, B.A. - Second Year, Developmental Psychology 

Maria Wilson, B.A. - Second Year, Clinical Psychology

Alexandra Wormley, M.A. - Second Year, Social Psychology

Rana Uhlman, M.A. - Fourth Year, Clinical Psychology

Belal Jamil, B.A. - Second Year, Developmental Psychology

Former steering team members: Beza Bekele, B.A., Juan Hernandez, M.A., Skyler Mendes, Ed.M., Felix Muniz, M.A., Veronica Oro, PhD., Vanesa Perez, PhD.