Psy.D. Program Student Groups

Almuerzo en Español

Almuerzo en Español (Spanish Lunch) is a student run organization that meets twice a month. The goals for the organization include practicing clinical Spanish, increasing language ability, and fluency. During our meetings we listen to mindfulness meditations in Spanish, watch clinical videos, and discuss clinical material. All members of the Wright Institute community are invited regardless of Spanish language ability. Each cohort meets independently during lunches (twice a month) because of scheduling. Additionally there is a monthly event for everyone.

The Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) is an organization for students who identify as Black and/or of African descent. Our mission at The Wright Institute is to establish an institutional space to support Black students and their professional development as clinicians, build professional alliances, raise awareness of systemic oppression specific to Black people, and aid in the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of Black students. The BSU believes that it is imperative for us to embody and celebrate our history, while maintaining a sense of who we are as Black people and not losing parts of our legacy. This is a space to share a sense of pride, belonging, and appreciation for our culture and heritage.

Latinx Student Group

The Latinx Student Group at the Wright Institute was formed to provide an open, welcoming safe space for students who identify as Latinx through their language, culture, ancestry etc. The purpose of the group is to come together and discuss topics related to culture, immigration, ethnicity, identity and the unique challenges faced by developing Latinx clinicians. LSG aims to address important topics relevant to this community such as family separations at the border, asylum seekers, advocacy for undocumented immigrants and collaboration with/for other communities, especially those of color. We aim to celebrate our diversity within Latinidad and hope to foster a cohesive, inclusive and supportive community at the Wright.

Wright Institute Caregivers (WIC)

Wright Institute Caregivers was established to provide a forum for parents and caregivers in the Wright Institute community to join one another in sharing resources as well as offering guidance and support around balancing the dual roles and responsibilities of school and caregiving. Wright Institute Caregivers also seeks to take action toward making the Wright Institute more inclusive of its caregiver population by helping to arrange childcare for community events, creating more flexible course scheduling and offering prospective and incoming students tips on navigating their Wright Institute experience. Underlying the foundation of this group is the commitment to fostering a more family-friendly culture within our school community.

Queer at the Wright

Queer at the Wright is a support group for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning, or asexual. We provide support to each other and process our experiences in class, practicum/internship, and our personal lives in regards to being LGBTQIQA. We also discuss both how we should go about incorporating our LGBTQIQA identities into being clinicians and how we should work with LGBTQIQA clients. Opportunities are provided for members of the group to become involved with LGBTQIQA events in the community, especially those that are affiliated with clinical psychology. At the moment, the group is only open to those people who identify as LGBTQIQA. However, the group will put on events about LGBTQIQA issues that will be open to the entire Wright Institute community.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)

The Wright Institute Student Chapter of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) is guided by the national organization's mission to apply psychological knowledge to promote peace, social justice, human rights, and sustainability. We aim to create events that further conversations, learning, and action around acknowledging differences and their impact on the field of psychology. Our group is open to all students, professors, and staff interested in having further dialogue around how we can have a positive impact on our community. The Wright Institute PsySR chapter holds monthly meetings to discuss topics of interest and the development of work groups relevant to the WI and greater Bay Area community. This student organization aims to facilitate greater reflection on the role of psychologists here at the Wright Institute and beyond.

The ReModel Minority group

The ReModel Minority group was formed in an effort to increase support to the Asian community, particularly as it related to the impact of COVID-19 and the intersection with the global xenophobia/discrimination against Asians. The purpose of this group is to hopefully dismantle the Model Minority Myth and reduce systemic oppression for all People of Color. This space invites others to share their experiences as students and clinicians in training, our family's origin stories, and celebrate the diversity of culture, traditions, and spiritual practices within the Asian identity. This space is open to all Wright Institute students, faculty, and staff who identify as being of Asian descent (Asian-American, Asian International Students, South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Bi-racial with Asian identity, and/or Multiracial with Asian identity), and recognizes that the Asian identity can be complex and welcome those with these nuanced identities.

Wright Institute Research Consultation Center (WIRCC)

The mission of the Wright Institute Research Consultation Center (WIRCC) is to provide support for students who are interested in conducting research. We are dedicated to creating an academic community for students with empirical interests in the investigation of psychological principles to collaborate with fellow students on their existing research projects. Students are invited to utilize WIRCC as a platform to (a) seek research opportunities, (b) formulate their research ideas, (c) connect with faculty members with similar research interests, (d) conduct pilot studies, (e) prepare for poster presentations, and (f) receive support on the procedures in conducting psychological experiments.

Wright Institute Students of Color (WISOC)

The mission of The Wright Institute Students of Color (WISOC) is to increase knowledge regarding the diversity of experiences of historically marginalized people of color to the Wright Institute community and provide support to Wright Institute students of color. Through collaboration and partnership with Wright Institute administration and other student groups, WISOC promotes the awareness of psychological issues and social concerns specific to people of color and other historically marginalized groups. At the institutional level WISOC makes concerted efforts to assure that the needs of students of color have equitable institutional representation.

Students of Color Support Group (SOCSG)

The purpose of the Students of Color Support Group (SOCSG) is to provide an open and safe space for students who identify as being of color to share concerns about race, ethnicity, and immigration issues in and outside of their lives and be heard, validated, and supported. There is a window during the first three weeks of each trimester for students to attend meetings. After the first three weeks, students who plan to attend meetings must plan to attend meetings regularly to keep group cohesion and confidentiality within the group. We understand that students are very busy and may not be able to attend meetings. Students who cannot make meetings regularly are encouraged to contact the facilitator before the meeting. Meetings run for one hour, on or off campus, and may take place either on Monday or Wednesday, based on the decisions and best availability of group members.

SouthWest Asia and North Africa - Muslim (SWANA-M)

SouthWest Asia and North Africa - Muslim (SWANA-M) is a student group at the Wright Institute for all community members who identify with ethnicities from the SWANA region, identify as Muslim, or both. Formerly known as the Middle Eastern and Muslim Society (established in 2015), the name change is in spirit of claiming decolonized language to represent a region long colonized. This space is created for, and invites, the exploration of how our intersecting identities impact the oppression we experience and internalize, the role and conflation of religion and culture, solidarity with justice efforts across all BIPOC and marginalized communities, and other issues as they arise in the process of clinical training and practice. We also strive to celebrate our cultures and share our traditions with the wider community as a means of expanding the dominant narratives and building connections through understanding.

White Privilege Accountability Group (WPAG)

The White Privilege Accountability Group (WPAG) is a group of students, faculty and staff who are either white-identified or who benefit from white privilege. WPAG is open to anyone, regardless of where you are in your exploration of your unearned white privilege. In our meetings we discuss issues related to our privilege and the impact of race on our clinical work and personal lives. The ultimate aim of the group is to work toward personal and institutional accountability by raising our own awareness of privilege, focusing on ways to be more effective allies, and collaborating with other student groups.

WPAG is a space to come to with questions about "whiteness" and "privilege," and to explore and discuss feelings and thoughts related to holding white privilege within a racially oppressive society. It can be a space to help process challenges in clinical work, daily interactions, and personal and professional relationships. It can also be a space to just listen. Some of the group's accomplishments have included: constructing a mission statement, holding additional support meetings after Multicultural class in spring trimester, and participating in a group "mixer" and a cultural sharing activity with the Students of Color Support Group.