Graduate Studies

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Provost's Colloquium Jerome Richfield Scholar

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies, with support from the Jerome Richfield Memorial Fund, organizes each year an event that celebrates a CSUN faculty member engaged in high quality, high-impact research, where they are named as the Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Fellow presents a lecture at the Provost’s Colloquium Series, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty, and to provide an opportunity for socialization among faculty, administrators, students, and staff.

We are happy to announce that this year’s 2019 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow is Dr. Allen Lipscomb from the department of Social Work.

Please join us on Thursday, April 18th from 4-6 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room. Please RSVP HERE.

Please see below an excerpt of his work:

One of the many disturbing aspects of grieving is experiencing a variety of unexpected or seemingly uncontrollable emotions and/or physiological body sensations. But what happens when it is more than a physical loss that one is grieving? Often, Black/African American men who mourn fear that they “are going crazy” or somehow “abnormal” in how they are responding to their loss. This process can look vastly different for Black/African American men who are racialized compared to other men in the United States. 

 I Know Why the Black Male Grieves is a talk designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the unique ways that racialized Black/African American men grieve. The aim is to enhance how society views grief reactions in Black men in order to promote wellness and healing. In addition, effective ways to assist Black men in their grieving process will be addressed. Ultimately, the goal of this talk is to inform, inspire and ignite awareness and bring about change in how we assist with healing Black men who are grieving.