Belonging Required, Fitting In (Optional): Graduate School for Trainees of Color
Graduate training in psychology is both a challenging and exciting endeavor for all students. However, the historical and contemporary realities of race and culture both in society and our discipline make often makes the training experience for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students a unique journey. In this session, we take up three points. First, we outline the quantitative and qualitative experience, noting common inhibiting factors to thriving as a BIPOC trainee. Second, we introduce a number of culturally-relevant strategies for navigating one’s time in graduate school. Third, we underline the importance of thriving (as opposed to simply surviving) in graduate school as a BIPOC student. We conclude with a set of BIPOC graduate student provided affirmations for doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds.