Introducing this year’s keynote speaker at the Forum

We’re excited to introduce you to this year’s keynote speaker.

Derald Wing Sue, PhD, is the Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Sue can truly be described as a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, microaggression theory, psychology of racial dialogues, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism. Because of a personal life-changing experience with racism directed toward his family, Dr. Sue has established a strong commitment to multiculturalism that has forced his field to seriously question the monocultural knowledge base of its theories and practices.

His rise to prominence in the field began with his critically acclaimed book Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation in 2003. Written primarily for the general public, it directly confronted White Americans with their White privilege, inherent biases, and their unintentional oppression of Persons of Color.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Sue has authored over 160 publications, 20 books, and numerous media productions. He received his PhD from the University of Oregon and has served as a training faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies and the Columbia University Executive Training Programs.

Reactions to his work led Dr. Sue and his research team at Teachers College, Columbia University to undertake a 10-year study on the causes, manifestations, and impact of racial microaggressions. Their groundbreaking work resulted in a taxonomy of racial microaggressions that empowers People of Color by making “the invisible, visible,” by validating their experiential realities, and by providing them with a language to describe their experiences. Dr. Sue is currently broadening research on microaggressions to include religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other marginalized groups.