Bryana White is being honored for her multiple contributions to the advancement of campus diversity at URI, and for her personal and professional commitment to research in multicultural psychology, especially in the areas of ethnic identity development, and multicultural competence training for doctoral-level students pursuing clinical and counseling doctoral degrees. Reflecting her diverse interests and intellectual energies, she has seamlessly blended multiple projects that promote diversity learning, professional development, and social justice.
A doctoral student in clinical Psychology, she has been an active member of the Task Force on Multiculturalism and Diversity, addressed the needs of diverse graduate students as the communications focused member-at-large to the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, and completed mental health externships at the URI Counseling Center and the Rhode Island Training School. As Graduate Assistant Hall Director for Peck Hall, she is co-chair of the Department of Housing and Residential Life Diversity committee, aided in the development of the URI Bias Response Team, coordinates diversity training for resident assistants, and serves as a HRL and graduate student member of the Equity Council. In addition, she mentored the undergraduates in the convening of the 2009 URI Student Leadership Conference, and the formation of I AM U URI-Unity in Difference.
Finally, she has been a Summer Counselor for the Talent Development program for the past three years; a discussion Moderator for the Honors Colloquium Film Series on Race; a member of the Faculty Senate Committee on Learning Outcomes Assessment, and a Research Assistant to Dr. Jasmine Mena, Psychology, and Dr. Donald Cunnigen, Sociology. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Italian from Vassar College, and an M.A. in Psychology from URI.