Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The PENDELDOT Board is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the consortium and in the region more generally. This section of the PENDELDOT website will serve as a repository for related news and information.


  • The Nava Center – The Nava Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing psychotherapy and training to the community, organizations, and individuals to decrease the impact of trauma and increase engagement in anti-racism. They believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental health services and meaningful education to develop their best self and make the world a more equitable and safe space for all. More at https://www.thenavacenter.org/

General Resources


  • InformedImmigrant.com – A Guide to Providing Mental Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA and the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • The Disease of Gun Violence – As the nation reels from frequent mass shootings future doctors are learning about gun safety — how to promote it, how to screen for danger, and how to help devastated communities cope.
  • Understanding Terrorism – Adventure and excitement have often been invoked to explain why people engage in political violence, yet empirical evidence on the topic has thus far been anecdotal. The present research sought to fill this gap in knowledge by examining the role of sensation seeking in political violence and integrating this concept with Significance Quest Theory
  • Political Violence and Psychological Distress – One thousand one hundred and ninety six Palestinian adults living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem were interviewed beginning in September 2007 and again at 6- and 12-month intervals. Using structural equation modeling, the authors of this paper present findings focused on the effects of exposure to political violence, psychosocial and economic resource loss, and social support, on psychological distress, and the association of each of these variables on subjective health.
  • Thrill-seeking and Searching for Meaning Fuel Political Violence – What drives someone to support or participate in politically or religiously motivated acts of violence, and what can be done to prevent them? While one factor may be a search for meaning in life, research published by the American Psychological Association suggests people may be further driven by an increased need for excitement and feeding that need with thrilling but nonviolent alternatives may curb the desire.
  • Youth Resilience in the Face of Growing Global Conflict – Aug. 12, 2015, marked the International #YouthDay. Social media was flooded with positive images and stories from young people around the world making a difference. These messages were in stark contrast to the typical media portrayal of youth in conflict settings either as violent perpetrators or helpless victims. The 2015 #YouthDay campaign, with the theme of civic engagement, came at an important time. As number of armed conflicts mounts and battle-related deaths soar, civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire as political elites vie for power. However, the energy, insight and creativity of young people may offer one form of response to the increase in global conflict.

Differential Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

Action Items
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