University of Massachusetts, Amherst
School Psychology MA/CAGS
Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) Concentration
Scholar of the Black Mental Health Graduate Academy (BMHGA)
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Gabrielle Palmer and I am an MA/CAGS student in the School Psychology program here at the wonderful William James College. I am originally from the Bronx, New York and I attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (a long way from home). There, I majored in Psychology (of course!) and double minored in African-American studies and Education and also received a Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service.
I chose William James College because of its HUGE emphasis on hands-on and experiential learning. I firmly believe that the best way to learn is to be fully immersed in the situation and William James does just that. Gaining the experience of being in the field and having it be backed up by my education by the amazing teachers at William James honestly couldn’t be a better experience. Additionally, the dedication to diversity and social justice and the close-knit community at William James makes it all the better. With the multitude of concentrations available to all the students, my learning and experience has been incredibly enhanced with all of the options and opportunities.
I am a student within the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health with the Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience concentration. I am also a member/scholar of the Black Mental Health Graduate Academy (BMHGA) where I am connected to many students of color who focus on battling the stigma of mental health in our community as well as fostering a community at William James College. Also, I work as a work-study student with IT Department and the Alumni Relations Department at William James College.
To be a part of the William James community has been very gratifying and I really do recommend students who want to be in a familial environment and receive an education you won’t receive anywhere else to come to WJC. Don’t be afraid to get involved and get acquainted with others and most of all, have fun!