J Mase III, a black/trans/queer poet, came to campus in February to give a talk, “How I Survived the Gay Rights Movement as a Trans Person of Color.” It was hosted by the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology in the UK College of Education as part of its Social Justice Scholarship Series, with support from the UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Center and the student-led Social Justice Advocacy Group.
The social justice lecture series was designed for students and faculty in the College of Education to actively engage in learning to better advocate as professionals and as citizens on issues of inequality for historically oppressed and marginalized groups. The series recently received funding from a 2017 UK Inclusive Excellence Grant.
The Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education has hosted the series in the spring semester during the past two years, meeting once a month with assigned readings. It was started by Dr. Kenneth Tyler, director of graduate studies and associate professor of educational psychology.