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 ( 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

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.