Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series

Ain’t I a Woman? Revisiting and Reclaiming African American Girls’ Racialized and Gendered Experiences within the Classroom

Friday, April 23, 2021
Noon to 1 p.m.

The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series, which launched in 2007, has featured doctors, anthropologists, and journalists who have reflected on topics like poverty, racism, and same-sex marriage. Sheretta Butler-Barnes, an associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, will deliver the 14th Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture. The series is named in honor of Elaine Pinderhughes, a professor emerita of the School of Social Work whose seminal research revealed that race, ethnicity, and power strongly influence how social workers interact with clients. 

About the Keynote Speaker


Sheretta Butler-Barnes

Sheretta Butler-Barnes is a developmental psychologist who studies the impact of racism and the use of culturally strength-based assets on the educational and health outcomes of Black American adolescents. Before coming to the Brown School, Butler-Barnes was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan's School of Education, which is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. Butler-Barnes received her PhD and MA from Wayne State University in developmental psychology and a BS in psychology from Michigan State University.

Her research agenda includes two particular areas of focus: The Strengths-Based Assets of Black Adolescents Project explores how Black youth draw on personal and cultural assets and resources to thrive despite challenges to their identities from interpersonal experiences of racism. The Celebrating Strengths of Black Girls Project focuses on advancing equity for women and girls of color.

A photo of Sheretta Butler-Barnes

Pinderhughes Fellowship Fund

In honor of the many accomplishments and contributions made by Elaine Pinderhughes, noted teacher, scholar, and professor emerita, we invite alumni, students, and their friends and families to lend their support to the Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship, a fund that provides financial aid each year to outstanding African American doctoral students at the Boston College School of Social Work.

Read about 2019 Pinderhughes Fellowship recipient Melissa Bartholomew

2019 Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

2019 Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture