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Overview of the Programs

Current programs within the Urban Initiative

Multicultural Issues Impacting Community Speaker Series – a bi-annual lecture featuring speakers who represent diverse backgrounds and views relating to education and mental health. These events assist in our students’ journey towards multicultural proficiency.

Multicultural Research and Training Lab – a forum for psychology doctoral students engaged in multicultural research to discuss and receive feedback on their clinical dissertations topics, as well as foster the creation of professional relationships.

Pepperdine Resource Youth Diversion and Education Program – prevention, intervention, and counseling programs for at-risk youth and their families in Orange County, which are staffed by graduate and post-graduate interns from GSEP.

Professional Development School Programs – a deepened urban preparation program for pre-service teachers conducted in several Los Angeles area schools, enabling professional learning in a real-world setting.

Union Rescue Mission Clinic – under the supervision of faculty, psychology students provide for the mental health treatment needs of homeless persons in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The project is researching new forms of therapy for homeless populations.

Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative – a cohort in the Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Credential program that focuses on the social and cultural foundations of education as well as engaging urban parents and community members in the education process.

New programs within the Urban Initiative

Los Angeles Job Corps – in a system that provides a vocationally-focused alternative schooling system for low-income students, GSEP psychology students have provided much needed counseling services on-site. Talks are underway to provide increased collaboration in the areas of education and mental health.

Teacher Research Centers – a development of school-based action research projects designed to improve student achievement. These centers have the potential of transforming partnership schools into nationally-recognized centers for action research in urban education.

Urban Fellows Program – a collaborative training program for education and psychology graduate students, which will prepare and help sustain a new generation of professionals who are committed to work in culturally and ethnically diverse urban centers.