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We're Not OK: A Community of Healing

Ep2: Affirmative Action in Higher Education
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In this episode, hosts Dr. Antija Allen and Justin T. Stewart, sit down with Dr. Hideko Sera who provided insight on how the supreme court's ruling on affirmative action has impacted higher education.

Hideko Sera, PsyD, is director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (EIB) at Morehouse College, the nation’s only liberal arts HBCU dedicated to Black men and men of color, where she created the College’s first comprehensive blueprint for EIB. As a bilingual and bicultural female faculty
and administrator of color, for over 20 years, Sera’s higher education career has focused on education, training, and management of health disparities and mental health access/resources, educational justice, and social justice federal advocacy for communities of color.


Before joining Morehouse College, Sera was Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Redlands, a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) specializing in student success, creating sustainable systemic policies and supportive infrastructures, leading innovative global education, and creating support for students of color and first-generation students. Sera has received numerous recognitions, including the Cynthia D. Belar Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award and a 2021 APA Presidential Citation specifically for her work with minoritized
students and communities. Sera was a selected member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), a Fellow of the American Conference of Academic Deans, and an advisory board member of the New Leadership Academy Fellows Program at the University
of Utah. Sera has been an active voice in higher education to garner support and solutions for challenges minoritized students, faculty, and staff face. She has presented nationally and internationally and published in psychology and higher education on clinical supervision, mentorship and mentoring relationships, HBCUs, and antiracism. Sera served as the chair of the Ethnic Racial Diversity Committee of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and later as the 2015 president of the organization. She is in her second term on the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA). She has chaired its Graduate Panel to generate discussions and actions related to matters faced by faculty, students, and staff.

Sera is currently working on an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a collaboration with the Morehouse School of Medicine, on HIV/AIDS early detection and psychological stigma of diagnoses for Black male college students and research on students of color and their sense of belonging.

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