Allies & Activists Research Team

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Allies & Activists Research & Training Team (AARTT)
Barbara Gormley, Ph.D.,
Professor and Licensed Psychologist

This team is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all races and ethnicities, all genders, all sexual orientations, all religious /spiritual/atheistic/non-theistic backgrounds from all over the world. Our topics include multicultural training, advocacy, coalition building across social justice movements, discrimination stress and trauma among racial and sexual minorities, and the intersectionality of privileged and oppressed identities. We learn how to facilitate cross-cultural conversations, and we find that giving voice and listening to each other’s stories leads to action. In the future, we will conduct research on activism and other efforts to support social change. If interested, contact me at

Fall 2018 Projects

Advocating for an all-gender restroom in O’Donnell Hall

More than 300 signatures petitioning to designate one restroom as all gender or gender neutral

Student newspaper article, November 29, 2018

Student radio interview with Dr. Zooey Pook, Director of LGBTQ Services, November 2018

Guest speakers

Dr. Dario Silva, the inseparability of religion and ethnicity among Catholic Mexican-Americans

Dr. Nicholas Natividad, history and issues in the borderlands (areas near border of Mexico and U.S.)

Volunteer work

Research team members volunteered to help refugees locally through Border Servant Corps

“I have experienced AARTT as a space that incorporates looking at research and using it to inform our views while having the space to work through the emotions that may be brought up by the knowledge we acquire. I also enjoy the unique opportunities to practice how to listen, accept, and make space for people who are different and hold different views.”

-undergraduate Tiffany Mims

Student work

Brou, H. Z., & Gormley, B. (2018, October). Multicultural teaching efficacy influences on faculty perceptions of college students learning English (ELL). Poster presented at the annual conference of the New Mexico Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Mims, T., Telles, L., Cardoza, S., Mendoza, S., Carrasco, V., & Gormley, B. (2018, April). Critical information and   counseling guidance for Latina/o clients and their intersecting identities. Poster presented at the CEP Multicultural Research Symposium, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

Valdespino, C., Wimsatt, E., Saminiego, P., Ochoa, C., Zombrano, S., Villarreal, C., Dominguez, E., Villa, E., Cervantes, A., & Gormley, B. (2018, April). Counseling techniques when working with diverse Asian American populations. Poster presented at the CEP Multicultural Research Symposium, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

Related Publications by Dr. Gormley

2018: Liberation of bisexual consciousness: Maneuvering through hostile life environments

2017: Allies and activists: Working with white, male, heterosexual, cisgender, or Christian privilege – this link takes you to the Social Justice Syllabus on APA Division 17’s website – click on this title in the lower right quadrant of their list

2013: Feminist multicultural mentoring in Counseling Psychology. In C. Z. Enns & E. N. Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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