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Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture

About the Center

The Center is sponsoring the following events in 2017-18.

All Programs Offer Diversity Credits

Deconstructing Stereotypes:
Racism, Classism, Sexism and

Film: Crash

Discussed by Farooq Mohyuddin, MD

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, is the Director Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Saint Elizabeth's Hospital and practices privately in psychopharmacology and group therapy.

February 2, 2018 7PM

Crash is a 2005 film by Director Paul Haggis that explores the ways our assumptions about gender, race, ethnicity, class, and various other aspects of identity separate us and prevent us from seeing each other. The movie challenges us to take a look at our own biases and the power for healing versus the destructive forces that are present in all us.  Roger Ebert explained the movie as telling  “interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. All are victims of it, and all are guilty it.”

3 Diversity CE/CME

Brochure and registration.

kandOur Country 'Tis of We and Them:  Psychoanalytic Perspectives on our Fractured American Identity

Keynote speaker:
Dorothy Holmes, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst
Teaching, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas
Professor and Program Director Emerita of Clinical Psychology,
Professional Psychology Program, The George Washington University
Teaching, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst Emerita, 
Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis.

March 24, 2018, 9AM-5PM

Dr. Holmes will present her psychoanalytic conceptualization of our American identity, which she sees as fractured between noble tendencies and principles on the one hand, and our irreducible baser tendencies, including hate and its derivative expressions in the "-isms."  Her paper will include two clinical examples--one focused on class and the other on race and class.

6 Diversity CE/CME

Brochure forthcoming.

tensMental Unrest, Social Unrest, Global  Unrest:  A Psychoanalytic View

Keynote speaker: Salman Akhtar, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Jefferson Medical College
Author and poet

May 5, 2018, 9AM-5PM

Dr. Akhtar will present his conceptualizations of the pain experienced by minorities in the U.S., the struggles faced by the first generation children of immigrants, and the psychological forces which create the global tensions within which their internal conflicts and social challenges unfold. He will elucidate his concepts with clinical material from his own practice, and offer his ideas for resolving both personal and macro tensions.

6 Diversity CE/CME

Brochure forthcoming.

Keynote speaker: Janice P. Gump, PhD

Psychologist in private practice; educator; writer

Oct. 20, 2018

Topic: Intergenerational Transmission of the Trauma of Slavery
Full description and title forthcoming.

For more information contact:

Nancy Reder, Program Coordinator, 703.683.2602

Chairpersons—Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP; Venus Masselam, PhD, CGP

Steering Committee—Janice Berry Edwards PhD; Patricia Garcia Golding, MSW; Beth Griffith, MSW; Nancy Reder, MSW; Lenore Shapiro, MSW; Cherian Verghese, PhD; Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD, CGP


The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture at The Washington School of Psychiatry seeks to promote human welfare through experiential and didactic study of the range of differences and intersectionalities among individuals and groups. Differences will be inclusive of, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability and disability, religion, social class and other factors which perpetuate marginalization within and between groups.

The Center will:

  • Provide graduate and post-graduate, faculty and community education for psychotherapists, graduate students and other professionals;
  • Foster inclusivity in membership in all WSP programs through recruitment, scholarships and mentoring;
  • Participate in collaborative programming with other institutions and other WSP programs;
  • Develop training program(s) to further the cultural and multicultural capabilities of institutions and of clinicians and other professionals of all cultural backgrounds; and
  • Foster recognition of cultural and multicultural factors in all human encounters.