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Looking Beyond Hypermasculinity to Address Domestic Violence in Communities of Color

When working with communities of color affected by IPV, culture can often be viewed as a barrier to successful intervention. But integrating strong positive cultural values into treatment can create more responsive interventions that better address the unique needs of survivors and prevent partners from engaging in abuse.

Ageism: The Subject of Protests, Legislation and Turbulence in Hollywood

Last year, the California legislature passed State Assembly Bill No. 1687 barring subscriber-based “commercial online entertainment employment providers” from publishing an actor’s age. AB 1687 had one target in mind: IMDbPro. If an actor wants their age taken down, the law would require sites like IMDb to honor that request.

Want Better Outcomes? Take a Hammer to Your Company’s Glass Ceiling

Women continue to make an average of 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. But the wage gap likely understates the problem since men still rise higher than women in most companies.

Empowering Adopted Children of Color in the Face of Racism and Discrimination

Child advocates and those who work in adoption say that in order to prepare children to handle racial trauma, adoptive parents must help them develop a strong sense of racial identity. Tony Hynes shares his experience with racial profiling and how his white adoptive mother’s response to an act of discrimination can serve as a model for other parents.

Harvey Weinstein: The Confluence of Power and Sexual Harassment. A Q&A with Professor Thema Bryant-Davis

As allegations mount against a Hollywood mogul, Pepperdine psychology professor Thema Bryant-Davis discusses power dynamics and sexual harassment

DREAM Deferred: The Psychological Repercussions of Uncertain Futures


The threat of deportation and family separation is a constant source of anxiety in immigrant communities, especially given the recent news that the Trump administration will begin phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving behind nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants.