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New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology

Breaking Barriers & Demanding Change: Minorities Paving a New Path Forward in the Field of I/O Psychology

  • 25 Jan 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is recognized as the premier professional association for the science and practice of I-O psychology. Essentially, SIOP is the mecca for aspiring and thriving IO psychologists to learn, connect and collaborate. But did you know that racial/ethnic minorities make up approximately 3% of SIOP's membership base? As SIOP makes effective strides to increase minority representation among members, Blacks in I/O Psychology was created to bolster those efforts, amplifying Blacks and minority voices in the I/O field as a whole.

Hear from two thriving minority I/O psychology practitioners, as they share their journey and experiences navigating the field of I/O Psychology. Find out what they are doing now to ensure better experiences for generations to come. 

Presenter Bios

Shavonne Holman, M.P.S., IPMA-SCP has over 6 years of experience servicing public service agencies as an I/O Psychology professional. She has exceptional knowledge of personnel assessment methods, employment hiring and selection procedures, recruitment and retention strategies, and test validation. Shavonne is a proud alumna of Howard University where she received a BS in Psychology. She went on to receive a Masters in I/O Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is currently working as a Personnel Assessment and Recruitment Manager with the MD Department of Juvenile Services.  

Macy Cheeks, M.S., SHRM-CP is an experienced Human Resources professional with a demonstrated expertise in diversity programs, personnel data analytics and federal Equal Employment Opportunity compliance. She specializes in implementing common sense diversity and inclusion strategies for Fortune 500 companies with complex organizational structures. Macy graduated from THE illustrious Howard University with a Bachelor’s of Psychology in 2012. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology in 2015 from Emporia State University. 


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