Morning Panelists

Dr. Puleng Segalo, University of South Africa

Puleng Segalo is a Professor of Social and Community Psychology currently holding the position of the Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair at the University of South Africa. She holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She also holds a Doctoral Certificate in Women Studies from the same university. Her areas of specialization include community psychology, social psychology, and gender and feminism in psychology. Her research and publications cover a wide range, including gendered experiences of women in various aspects of life, historical trauma, critical participatory research practices and knowledge production, and decolonization. She is a National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researcher, a member of the South African Young Academy of Sciences, and current president of the Forum of African Psychology.

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Britton Williams, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Britton is a Black woman. Drama Therapist. Artist. Activist. A myriad of hyphens and ands. She is a teacher and student. A thinker and dreamer. She is urgently concerned with the possibilities that live with/in radical (re)imagining and the inextricable connectedness of healing and liberation. And…

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Dr. Leigh Patel, University of Pittsburgh and Education for Liberation

Leigh Patel is a writer, educator, and cultural worker. Her work is based in the knowledge that as long as oppression has existed so have freedom struggles. She is a community-based researcher as well as an eldercare provider. Prior to being employed as a professor, she was a middle school language arts teacher, a journalist, and a state-level policymaker. She is also a proud national board member of Education for Liberation, a nonprofit that focuses on supporting low-income people, particularly youth of color, to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face.

Professor Patel’s writing ranges from short essays for public outlets, such as Beacon Broadside, NPR, The Conversation and The Feminist Wire, and the Chronicle for Higher Education. Her latest book, There is No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education, from Beacon Press connects the distinct yet deeply connected forms of oppression while also shedding light on the crucial nature of political education for social transformation. Her walk-on song is “Can I Kick It” by ATCQ.

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Afternoon Workshop Facilitators

Gina Sissoko, The Graduate Center and John Jay College (CUNY)

Gina is a Ph.D. student in clinical forensic psychology at CUNY The Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her work examines how colorism, gendered racism, interpersonal trauma, and structural oppression manifest and affect mental health and criminal legal involvement among Black women and girls. Gina is the founder of the CUNY Diversity Science Initiative, a grant-funded effort to increase diversity science training across CUNY Psychology doctoral programs. Gina, who identifies as a scholar-activist, is Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Psychology Extern in the Montefiore Child Outpatient Psychiatry Division, student representative of the Section for Psychology of Black Women and is nationally recognized as the 2020 Distinguished Student Diversity Award Winner of the American Psychological Association – Society of Clinical Psychology.

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Jessica Velez Tello, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Jessica is a doctoral student in the Urban Education program at CUNY – The Graduate Center. She is a former bilingual teacher and currently teaches in the Early Childhood Bilingual programs at Brooklyn College and Queens College. Her work concentrates in the intersections within student agency, language, curriculum, and immigration.

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Josh Adler, The Graduate Center (CUNY)


Josh Adler is a Doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work focuses on carceral encroachment into the lives of Black women and families in New York, and their practices of resistance and care. The fusion of theory, research, and activism is central to his work. Prior to returning to school, Josh worked with the RISE lab at NYU on an alternative to incarceration program that prioritized system-involved girls’ self-advocacy and self-determination. He also worked on the national-wide Ending Girls’ Incarceration initiative, a collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice, toward decarceration efforts and developing gender-oriented programs to meet girls’ needs with system-involved girls.

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Micaela Linder, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Micaela Linder is a doctoral student in Critical Social/Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she explores how people navigate and resist criminalization, surveillance, and social inequalities. Micaela is interested in how critical participatory action research can contribute to our intertwined struggles for safety, healing, justice, and futures still being imagined. 


Nawal Muradwij, M.A. Student Co-Chair. Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at John Jay, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Tashiya Hunter, B.A. Student Co-Chair. Doctoral student in Developmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Dr. Jill Grose-Fifer, DEO for Pedagogy, Associate Professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and John Jay College, CUNY

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