Hate/Bias Response Symposium

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Keynote Speaker

Janet E. Helms, Ph.D.

Janet E. Helms, Ph.D.

Professor, Boston College

Janet E. Helms, Ph.D., is the Augustus Long Professor of Measurement in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She is Past President and a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), and a Fellow in Division 35 (Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  She received many distinguished researcher awards between 2002 and 2009. She was a recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring. She has written over eighty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice.Her books include A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (Microtraining Associates) and Using Race and Culture in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process with Donelda Cook (MA: Allyn & Bacon).

Closing Speaker

Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D.

Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), The University of Texas at Austin

Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D. is an educator and social justice advocate with almost twenty years of experience in higher education as administrator, facilitator, faculty member, and scholar. She currently serves as assistant vice president in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at The University of Texas at Austin, where she leads the university’s Campus Climate Response Team, partnering with colleagues to respond to reports of bias incidents impacting the university community. 
    
Taylor is responsible for campus climate initiatives such as creating inclusive classrooms and minimizing bias in recruitment/search processes. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, as a clinical assistant professor for the Program in Higher Education Leadership. Prior to joining DDCE, she served on the management team in the Office of the Dean of Students, as director of Greek Life and Education and instructed Intergroup Dialogue as a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology. 
    
Taylor holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin and received a B.S. in communication and a M.S. in higher education from Florida State University. Her research interests focus on intersectional identity development and recruitment/retention of faculty of color at predominantly white institutions.