Symbol

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One Love Consulting was launched in Victoria, B.C., in October 2012.  Our symbol is an Adinkra symbol from Ghana, which means Sesa Wo Suban or “change or transform your character”. This symbol combines two separate Adinkra symbols, the wheel, representing rotation or independent movement, and the “Morning Star” which is defined as a new start to the day”.  Please visit adinkra.org to learn more about Adinkra symbols. On this website and on our business cards, you will notice the green, yellow, and black colours, which represent the flag of Jamaica – the land of my heritage. On the back of our business cards is a personal picture of Jamaica.

Education

Dr. Lisa Gunderson

 

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Received bachelor degrees in psychology and social sciences and communication, and a Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California. All of her research and the majority of her clinical work was with minoritized adolescent and young adults. She completed her clinical residency at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1998. She is a registered clinical counselor in Canada and is a licensed psychologist in the state of California (PSY 19799). Please note the license is only applicable to the state of California and is not applicable in Canada.

 

 

 

Career

Dr. Lisa Gunderson

Dr. Lisa Gunderson is an award winning educator and equity consultant and trainer for various institutions in Canada and the United States focusing on issues that impact minoritized populations. Dr. G. is also a frequent guest speaker to various organizations and to K-12 and post-secondary institutions. Most recently (August 2017), she conducted ProD days for high school teachers in Vancouver and college faculty in California. She is the associate program director for CityU of Seattle – Victoria Campus for the School of Arts and Sciences Masters of Counselling program and the registered clinical counsellor and intern supervisor at Lau Welnew Tribal School in British Columbia.

 

 

 

 

 

Her Ph.D. is in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California with a focus on racialized (primarily African-descendent) youth. A former California tenured professor, she has taught psychology for 20 years and has taught at Camosun College, JIBC, and Vancouver Island University. She is a member of the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee, the community liaison for the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island, a former board member for the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Center Society, and a representative to the Victoria Council of Parent Advisory Councils. A licensed Californian psychologist (inactive), she writes for the public and professional person most recently in Focus on Adoption and Insights.

She was a tenured professor of psychology at Sacramento City College (SCC) from 2003-2012. Prior to her tenure in Sacramento, she was an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California from 1999-2003. At SCC, among other courses, her focus was on psychology of “minorities”, social psychology, and human sexuality. She taught psychology of minorities for years using the most recent book she compiled: Psychology of Privilege & Power:  Understanding Isms in the United States. From this class, her students developed a club which she co-advised. The REAL Talk Club at SCC provided a place where students had courageous conversations regarding issues of gender, sexual orientation, race, and ability. They created activities and experiences for the 23,000 student body campus that impacted how people thought of “isms”. From January 2010-2012, she was appointed by Sacramento’s City Council and Mayor to serve on Sacramento’s Community Racial Profiling Commission.

When she was the SCC’s Staff Resource Center’s teaching and learning coordinator from 2007-2009, she organized and oversaw over 50 diversity offerings. She was an Academic Senator representing the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division and she was elected to FACCC’s (Faculty Association of California’s Community Colleges) board of governors and served from 2007-2009. FACCC is the 9,000-member statewide professional advocacy association for all community college faculty. In the fall of 2011, she completed a 4-year tenure as the statewide chair of the Professional Development Committee (www.faccc.org). Under her leadership, FACCC had California’s first statewide community college diversity conference. 72 districts were represented and over 250 higher education persons attended. The board decided to institutionalize the conference and it is now a biannual event.

Dr. Gunderson has spoken to numerous organizations and has moderated many events including in Canada Touch A Truck, African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island’s Africa Fest, in the United States, California’s statewide advocacy and policy conference on community college education & conversations regarding women’s health issues with Planned Parenthood. For 6 years she was the educator of ceremonies at the Pacific Educational Group’s Annual Courageous Conversation on Race Summit for K-12 educators. This 5-day summit brings together over 700 educators from across the United States, Australia and Canada pacificeducationalgroup.com.

In the United States, she consulted and conducted various workshops and lectures around diversity issues to both small and large organizations including the Solano County librarians, Los Rios District, California State University, Sacramento MBA graduate students, and the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) collaborative.

While at LMU, she taught many courses including developmental psychology for education majors. She was also the advisor to “MAD IDEA”. A one-week series where students “Make A Difference by Initiating Dialogue for the Equality of All”. This five part series began with an overview, then each subsequent night was dedicated to a specific ism (Sexism, Racism, Heterosexism), culminating in a community day. She also served as a Senior Research Associate and Program Evaluation Consultant for the Imoyase Group and UCLA. The Imoyase Group is a ethnically minoritized female owned firm that specializes in assisting community based organizations in South Central, Los Angeles with developing and implementing quantitative/qualitative measures to assess program efficacy.

 

Awards

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Since high school, when she was recognized as the Most Spirited, to USC’s Black Student Union as a person who will make a difference, Dr. Gunderson has received numerous awards and recognition from the community, universities, and high schools for her work and spirit.   They include:

Who Did Your Hair (WDYH) Making History Award for excellence in the African-Canadian business community. (November 2017)

African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI) Entrepreneurial Award for her “outstanding role in business activity and employability to strengthen and to promote growth of the Canadian economy and of her status as a role model in engaging immigrant women in the business community.” (February 2013)

Faculty Association of California Community Colleges Full Time Member of the Year Award for her leadership at the campus or district level that benefits faculty. FACCC is a statewide professional membership association that advocates for all 112 California Community College faculty who teach 2.5 million students a year. (February 2012)

Franklin High School Wildcats Recognition Award for work at the high school. (May 2011)

“Someone You Should Know Award” A student generated award honoring professors for their work on behalf of students with diverse abilities. (December 2010)

Associated Student Government’s Humanitarian Professor of the Year Award that represents a professor who has exhibited dedication and commitment to the 23,000 students at Sacramento City College. (May 2009)

NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award. This United States national award honors individuals who have demonstrated teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. (Spring 2009)

Psi Chi (National Psychology Honor Society) Teacher of the Year Award (twice) and an outstanding professor honor. Loyola Marymount University (1999-2003)

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In July of 2009, Sacramento City College received the prestigious statewide John W. Rice Diversity Award for their work on the Cultural Democracy Initiative (CDI). Dr. Gunderson, along with 5 of her colleagues comprised the CDI executive committee. CDI attempts to institutionalize the process of creating an educational environment that recognizes, respects, and shows sensitivity to the cultures represented on campus. One of the major activities undertaken was to sponsor Beyond Diversity Workshops and Courageous Conversations from February 2006 to August 2008. The Beyond Diversity workshops provided opportunities for administrators, faculty, staff, and students to recognize and examine their own cultural perspectives and presumptions and to understand how those factors influence the ways that they interact with those whose cultural backgrounds are different than their own. Dr. Rice’s daughter, former secretary of state, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, presented the award to the recipients in Sacramento California.