Toward a Ripple Effect: Psychologists Collaborate in Social Justice Education at a High School


  • Grace S. Kim Boston University
  • Vali D. Kahn University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • John Tawa University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Karen L. Suyemoto University of Massachusetts, Boston



Social justice, Collaboration, High school, Diversity training, Consulting


Social justice education aims to develop critical thinking about social inequities and social responsibility to increase civic engagement in high school youth. While high schools increasingly recognize the importance of social justice education, teachers are often initially under-prepared to teach this material, particularly about managing challenging emotions, and working with a group- processes as students work with social justice content and process. Psychologists are often asked to be diversity consultants or instructors, creating opportunities to contribute to social justice education. Drawing from implementation science, this paper describes a model of collaboration between university-based psychologists and high-school educators in providing a social justice course to high school students. Our education model enabled a multi-layered collaborative network that maximized the contributions of collaborators (i.e., Students, High School Teachers, Consultants, and Mentor) and enabled sustainability within the high school.


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Kim, G. S., Kahn, V. D., Tawa, J., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2017). Toward a Ripple Effect: Psychologists Collaborate in Social Justice Education at a High School. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 9(2), 112–131.

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