Dr. Aletha M. Harven

Aletha M. Harven, Ph.D.Aletha M. HarvenAletha M. Harven

Pronouns: she / her / hers 

Associate Professor ​
Dept. of Psychology & Child Development
Co-PI, CIENCIA (NSF Grant Funded Program)  
California State University, Stanislaus

Contact Information
aharven@csustan.edu
Bizzini Hall - 237D


Standing in Solidarity with the Black Community

Released Campus Statement
Press Release on Statement

Anti-Black Racism Training for Educators
(August 12th & 13th) 

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Degrees                                                                            Aletha M. Harven

Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Emphasis: Psychological Studies & Human Development

M.A. in Early Childhood Education, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Emphasis: Multicultural Education 

B.A. in Child Development, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)

A.A. in Liberal Studies, American River College, Sacramento (ARC)


Areas of Expertise

  • Pre-K to 12 Education
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Academic Motivation & Achievement
  • Risk & Resilience
  • Psychological and Psychosocial Adjustment
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Social Justice Teaching
  • Teacher Education 

Selected Research Grants & Awards 

National Science Foundation (NSF) HSI Grant (CIENCIA; 4-year; $1,462,263.00; 2018-2022), 
Award Abstract
Outstanding Professor - Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity (RSCA) Award, CSU Stanislaus, (2020) Press Release 
Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant (African Educators; $5,000.00), CSU Stanislaus (2020-2021)
Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant (School Readiness; $4,957.00), CSU Stanislaus (2019-2020)
Teaching Award Nomination - Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award, CSU Stanislaus (2016-2017)
Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant (Foster Care Students; $7,350.00), CSU Stanislaus (2015-2018)
Quality Online Learning & Teaching Institute (QOLT) Grant, CSU Stanislaus (2015-2016)
STAR Award for Excellent Work with Foster Care Students, UCLA Academic Affairs (2014)


Selected Publications 

Harven, A. M. & Perouse-Harvey, E. (2020). Instructing Pre- and Inservice Teachers to Support Students
with (Dis)abilities: Pillars, Practical Applications, and Students’ Intersecting Identities. In Papa, R. (Ed.),      
Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education. Springer International, Switzerland.
(Note. Section Editor for 3-Volume Series)

Gordon-Biddle, K. A., Harven, A.M., & Hudley, C. (2018). Careers in child and adolescent development:  A student’s guide to working in the field. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, NY.

Harven, A. M. (2018). The impact of education policies on Black students’ school functioning (pp.225-243). In R. Papa & S. Armfield  (Eds.), Handbook on Education Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ. 

Harven, A. M.  & Soodjinda, D. (2016). Pedagogical strategies for challenging students’ world views (pp. 3-14). In R.Papa, D., M. Eadens, & D. W. Eadens (Eds.), Social justice instruction: Empowerment on the  
chalkboard. Springer International, Switzerland.

Harven, A. M. & Gordon Biddle, K. (2016). Critical literacy and multicultural literature: Pedagogical strategies for the everyday classroom (pp. 161-169). In R. Papa, D., M. Eadens, & D. W. Eadens (Eds.), Social justice instruction: Empowerment on the chalkboard. Springer International, Switzerland.

Gottfried, M. A., & Harven, A. (2015). The effect of having classmates with emotional and behavioral disorders and the protective nature of peer gender. Journal of Educational Research, 0, 1-17.

Sandoval, W. A., & Harven, A. M. (2010). Urban middle school students' perceptions of the value of inquiry. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 20: 95-109.


Selected Invited Presentations

Commencement Speaker, “The Educators Responsibility” – California State University- Sacramento. School of Education, Graduation Ceremony for my Masters Degree, June 2003

Speaker, “Black and Latino Student Achievement: Addressing The Racial Achievement Gap,” CSU Stanislaus. Social Justice in the Central Valley Conference, November, 2015

Guest Lecturer, “Career Paths in the Sciences,” CSU Stanislaus
Department of Psychology, Careers in Psychology Seeminar Class, October, 2015

Guest Speaker, “College & Careers in the Sciences”– Stockton, CA
Health Careers Academy (High School), September, 2015 

Panelist, “Intellectual Capital: Is Grad School a Prerequisite to Your Future?,” CSU Stanislaus
Take Charge: Prepare for your Future Conference, February 2015

Speaker, “Education & Activism: Black Student Achievement,” CSU Stanislaus 
Black History Month Panel Presentation/Interactive Discussion, February 2015

Speaker, “Education & Equity: Exploring the Academic Performance of Black Students,” CSU Stanislaus – Turlock, CA - Department of Psychology & Child Development Colloquium Series, March 2015


Selected Conference Presentations

Instructing Pre- and Inservice Teachers to Support Students with (Dis)abilities: Pillars, Practical Applications, and Students’ Intersecting Identities (Part 1 & Part 3; 3 Hours). Presentation & Workshop at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2020. 

Protecting Black and Latinx students from the negative psychological and academic consequence associated with school racism, discrimination, and a lack of effective administrative support. Presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2020. 

Using online tools to increase 21st century skills & student engagement. Presentation & workshop at the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas, April 2017.

The impact of parent advocacy and friendship support on Black and Latino adolescents’ experiences with school racial discrimination. Poster Presentation at the Society for Research on Adolescents in Baltimore, Maryland, April 2016

Pedagogical strategies for challenging students’ world views. Presentation & Workshop at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences in Honolulu, Hawaii, October 2015. 

Black Adolescents’ Perceptions of Racial Discrimination and School Adjustment: Friendship Support as a Protective Factor. Poster Presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA, March 2015.

Multicultural Literature & Critical Literacy. Presentation at the Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival, University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, February 2015.


Courses Taught                                                  Aletha M. Harven

Psychology Program 

  • ​Psychology of Adjustment
  • Human Development Research Seminar (Writing Proficiency)
  • ​Prejudice & Stereotypes
  • ​Human Development II (Adolescence)
  • Advanced Research Methods (MA Program; Spring 2021)

Child Development Program 

  • Multicultural Aspects of Families and Parenting (Writing Proficiency)
  • Child Development in Cross Cultural Context (w/ service-learning requirement)
  • Early Interventions with High-Risk Children and Families (w/service-learning requirement)
  • Human Development I (Childhood)
  • ​Human Development II (Adolescence)
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Clinical Interventions (MA Program)

International Program (Visiting Scholar, Reggio Emilia, Italy) 

  • Early Childhood Education in Cross-Cultural Context
    Emphasis on the Reggio Emilia approach to educating young children. 
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. University Studies Abroad Consortium. 

Selected Teacher Education ProgrammingAletha M. Harven

Closing the Digital Divide (Africa)

Johannesburg, Gauteng
Hazyview, Mpumalanga
Nelspurit, Mpumalanga
Mbabane, Swaziland
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
East London, Eastern Cape
Langa, Western Cape
Pretoria, Gauteng
Accra, Ghana

Please contact me to get involved. 


Campus Diversity Events (Leader & Organizer) Campus Diversity Events

Co-PI; CIENCIA (2020)                                                                 
Lead Author & Visionary 
Statement in Support of Black Lives
Read Here

Program Organizer & Host
Confronting Anti-Black Racism on College Campuses:
A 2-Day Professional Development Training for Educators View Here

 

Faculty Lead ~ Diversity Center (2018-2019)
Helped shape the focus of the New Diversity Center with Critical Programming!  

Co-Creator, Co-Organizer & Host 
“28 Days of Melanin" ~ Black History Month Activities
​(Film Screenings w/Scholarly Discussions; Critical Workshops; Insightful Lectures)

“Intersectionality Week” - Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Gender & Sexual Orientation
(Film Screenings w/Scholarly Discussions; Critical Workshops; Insightful Lectures)

“Black Student Union Presents Paint & Sip”

“Out of the Closet Clothing Drive” for Transgender & Gender Nonconforming students

Creator, Organizer & Facilitator 
“Paint & Sip” Conscious Art Series
Featuring student artist, Humberto Maldonado, and other invited guests.

Co-Creator, Co-Organizer & Facilitator 
“Students: Know Yours Rights Conference”

Selected Individual Activities for Campus 

Organizer & Facilitator
“I Am Not Your Negro”
Film Screening & Scholarly Discussion
Discussant Nigel Hatton, Ph.D., UC Merced;
Black History Month Event; University Library Collaboration, February, 2018.

Organizer 
“Batey Libre Bomba Workshop”
(Afro-Puerto Rican Music & Dance)
Featuring T. Carlis Roberts, Ph.D., and Melissa Reyes, UC Berkeley; Black History Month Event; February, 2018.

Organizer & Interviewer 
“An Odyssey through Cultures, Worldviews and the Musical Arts: Perspectives from the Life of an International Concert Pianist”
Featuring Sarah Chan, Ph.D.; Dinner and a Show, December, 2017.

Organizer
"Have Ethnicity, Will Travel: Suburban Japanese Americans and the Practices of Affective Citizenship,” 
Featuring Dana Nakano, Ph.D., October, 2017.

Organizer & Facilitator 
“Undocumented Student Discussion Series” at the Social Justice in the Central Valley Conference, featuring Alejandra Rincón, Ph.D., University of San Francisco. (Co-Sponsor & Conference Organizer: Dean James Tuedio); Psychology Class Presentation (“The Intersection of Immigration & Education”); Campus Interactive Discussion (“DACA”); Keynote Address (“Understanding Dreamers’ Access to Higher Education”), November, 2017.

Organizer & Facilitator 
Turning Shouting Matches Into Conversations” (
Aletha M. Harven, Ph.D., Dana Nakano, Ph.D., Xamuel Banales, Ph.D.);
Unity & Inclusion Week (Oct. 16-19; Sponsored by President’s No Hate Task Force), October, 2017.

Organizer & Facilitator
Critical Discussions on Charlottesville.
Campus Discussion (Vice Documentary Screening & Post-Viewing Analysis (Aletha M. Harven, Ph.D., John Kinkaid, Ph.D., & Xamuel Banelos, Ph.D.); Child Development Class Discussion (“Anti-Semitism;” Vlad Khaykin, Associate Director, Anti-Defamation League, Central Pacific Region); Campus Lecture (“The Confederate Legacy;” Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicut, Ph.D.), September, 2017.

Organizer & Facilitator
Black History Month Event, featuring DeLeon Gray, Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Child Development Class- Interactive Workshop (“Achievement Motivation Among Adolescent Learners”), M.A. Psychology Class Discussion (“Research & Careers in Psychology”), & Campus Lecture (“Feelings of School Belonging Among Black Adolescents”), March, 2017.

 

Professional Development Training for College Educators

flyer for "Confronting Anti-Black Racism on College Campuses" training

Equity & Inclusion Day

(CIENCIA 2020 Summer Institute)

Equity & Inclusion Day