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12th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture  

Alumni/Diversity Event Banner 2017

APRIL 20, 2018
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Athletics Center
Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.

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Please join us for a Buffet Breakfast. Parking is available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

Keynote Address

Cia Verschelden, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Cia Verschelden, M.S.W., Ed.D.

"Bandwidth Recovery: Reclaiming Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Other 'Differentisms'"

Executive Director of Institutional Assessment
University of Central Oklahoma 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how poverty and racism (sexism, nativism, heterosexism, etc.) can deplete cognitive/attentional resources (mental bandwidth).
  • Understand how social-psychological phenomena like stereotype threat and identity threat, microaggressions, and belongingness uncertainty deplete bandwidth.
  • Learn about interventions that have shown promise of helping students recover bandwidth so they are more likely be academically successful.
  • Reflect on ways in which we can apply the bandwidth concept in our own work and life contexts.

Cia Verschelden is the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at University of Central Oklahoma where she also teaches in sociology. From 2009-2012, she was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Highland Community College in Kansas. Cia was on the faculty at Kansas State University since 1989, on the Social Work faculty for 11 years, Director of Women’s Studies, and then Director of Assessment. Cia has a B.S. in psychology from K-State, an M.S.W. from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. In her 2017 book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, she makes the case that the mental bandwidth of many college students in certain non-majority groups is depleted by persistent economic insecurity and psychosocial underminers, e.g., racism and homophobia. She describes in-class and out-of- class interventions and attention to campus environments that can help students regain bandwidth so they can be academically successful.  

About the Series

ELAINE PINDERHUGHES is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Clinical Sequence at the Boston College School of Social Work. She has served as Lydia Rappaport Professor at Smith College School of Social Work; Lucille Austin Fellow at Columbia University; and held the Moses Chair at Hunter College School of Social Work. Pinderhughes has received numerous awards including the CSWE 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. She helped the BCSSW establish this Diversity Series which bears her name.

In honor of the many accomplishments and contributions made by noted teacher and scholar, Professor Emerita Elaine Pinderhughes, we invite alumni, students and their friends and family to lend their support to the Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship, a fund that provides financial aid assistance each year to outstanding African-American doctoral students at the Boston College School of Social Work.