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William Cross Jr. Lecture Series





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Dr. Roslyn Caldwell

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Building for Eternity: Intervening with Black and Brown Youth in Ways That Elevate and Sustain Multicultural Competencies and Proficiencies

Dr. Caldwell explores the challenges faced by African American and Latino/a youth-at-risk and intersecting with the criminal justice systems and ways to develop and incorporate intervention and prevention programs that are culturally relevant, transcend time, and are mentally liberating.


Dr. Caldwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Prairie View A&M University, a published author of several articles and book chapters, and the recipient of several awards. She is an expert in the areas of clinical and forensic psychology particularly as it relates to multiculturalism in forensic psychology, mental health programming, program evaluation and treatment effectiveness among adolescent youth. Dr. Caldwell is passionate about understanding how African American and Latino/a youth are disproportionately exposed to environmental and social conditions, and the importance of developing and providing interventions designed to understand the vulnerability of being victimized by socially oppressive phenomena.

Dr. Caldwell is the co-creator and director of the Bakari Mentoring Program, an intervention and prevention program cultivated from the Bakari Project—Bakari meaning: “One Who Will Succeed” in Swahili—originally developed by Dr. Thomas A. Parham over 20 years ago. 

Dr. William Cross, Jr.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Identity, Personality and Worldview
In the discourse on black identity, there is confusion about the difference between the three sectors of identity, personality and worldview. This workshop will explore those differences.


Within black psychology, Dr. Cross is somewhat controversial because—like Dr. A. J. Franklin and Dr. A. Wade Boykin and the late Harriette P. McAdoo—his work freely and effectively integrates and synthesizes elements of black psychology with mainstream psychology. Over the years, his scholarship helped debunk the negro self-hatred thesis and its corollary, the concept of the pathological black family. His most recent work describes how black identity is enacted in everyday life and, in a work currently under review, he and his associates take on the way the psychology of individual difference influences black identity development.

Dr. Cross retired from the academy in June of 2018 and currently lives close to his daughter, Tuere Binta Cross, who works as a therapist at a nearby mental health agency. Dr. Cross is currently writing a book covering his 40-year career in psychology and Africana Studies. His work, Shades of Black (Temple University Press, 1991), is considered a classic in the discourse on black identity.


#CCEC19  |  February 8–9, 2019  |  Savannah, GA


Last updated: 1/28/2019