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 Speaker: Griffin-Fennell, Ph.D (she/her) Black Hair: Resistance, Empowerment, and Celebration

February 2, 2022, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

A Black History Month Event 

This event is hosted by Holyoke Community College and open to the NECC community.  



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 Title:“Black Hair: Resistance, Empowerment, and Celebration.” There is a complex history that people of the African Diaspora possess as related to their hair. Through this talk, we will explore how Black hair has served as a source of social communication, political protest, othering, empowerment, and uplifting. 
Bio: Felicia D. Griffin-Fennell, Ph.D serves as Director of the Academic Fellows Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. AFP supports students who identify as BIPOC, first generation, and coming from low income backgrounds within the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. She is also a Lecturer of Sociology at the university. Formerly, she was the Activity Director for the U.S. Department of Education HSI STEM (Title III, Part F) grant and Director of the STEM Center at Springfield Technical Community College. She was also the college’s Founding Director of the STEM Starter Academy. A triple graduate of the University of Connecticut, she earned a bachelor of science degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate degree in psychology, as well as a graduate certificate in women’s studies. She has been an administrator and faculty member at Post University in Waterbury, CT, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. She is an alumna of the HERS Institute, a member of the Sisters of the Academy, and a participant in the Escala Summer Teaching Institute. She has delivered approximately 30 presentations at conferences and a number of invited talks at universities, and authored/co-authored scholarly publications in journals and edited books, including the Journal of Black Psychology; Culture, Health, and Sexuality; and the SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology & Gender.  

Selected publications include: 
Brown, D. L., Blackmon, S., Rosnick, C. B., Griffin-Fennell, F. D., & Johnson, R. W. (2017). Initial development of a gendered-racial socialization scale for African American college women. Sex Roles. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0707-x 
Griffin-Fennell. F.D. (2016).  STEM careers and gender.  The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. 
Brown, D., Johnson. R., & Griffin-Fennell, F.D. (2013). Breaking the chains: How positive racial esteem reduces African American women’s endorsement of the Jezebel. Culture, Health, & Sexuality, 2013 Mar. 
Brown, D.L., Griffin-Fennell, F.D., & White-Johnson, R.L. (2011). Women’s mental health: Considering multiple dimensions of social identity and diversity. In Lundburg-Love, P., Nadal, K., & Paludi, M. (Eds.), Women and Mental Disorders. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers. 

Please contact Stephanie Haskell for requests, questions or event information. 


February 2, 2022
11:00 am to 12:15 pm
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Stephanie Haskell
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