What is it about?

We interviewed 19 Asian and Black Psychology and Counseling faculty who teach multicultural counseling courses and discovered ways that they protect themselves and their racially minoritized students from microaggressions and other forms of racism within predominately White classrooms. We also learned of ways that they take care of themselves while teaching the multicultural counseling course.

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Why is it important?

Research has shown that faculty of color experience numerous stressors within academia. Other studies have highlighted ways in which teaching the multicultural counseling course is challenging for all faculty, especially faculty who are apart of racially minoritized groups. This study is one of the first to reveal ways that some faculty from racially marginalized groups protect themselves and their students of color from White fragility within the classroom.


As the fields of Psychology and Counseling are looking to increase the number of faculty from underrepresented racial groups. More research needs to be conducted on ways that racially minoritized faculty have found to be successful in navigating predominately White institutions.

Eric Brown
DePaul University

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This page is a summary of: Self-protective strategies used by Asian and Black psychology and counselor education faculty who teach multicultural competence courses., Training and Education in Professional Psychology, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tep0000412.
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