Psychologist noted for work with troubled youth to speak at Cal Poly

An influential Southern California psychologist, recognized for helping troubled youth, will be speaking at Cal Poly on Thursday.

Thomas Parham, who also serves as vice chancellor of students affairs at UC Irvine, will present a talk titled “From Vision to Voice: The Passionate Discourse of Social Outrage Among all Diverse People” from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Cal Poly’s Chumash Auditorium.

The talk will focus on a wide range of topics, including violence against women, Obamacare, racial insensitivity, sexual assault on college campuses, Trayvon Martin and Latino immigration reform. The talk is free and open to the public.

Parham founded The Bakari Project, an intervention and guidance program for at-risk youth. A similar program has been led by Roslyn Caldwell at Cal Poly since 2008.

Parham’s research has included identity development, African psychology, social justice and multicultural counseling. He works to promote social advocacy and to empower young people.

Parham also will hold two workshops Thursday for Cal Poly faculty and staff to better understand “the dynamics and diversity of students in order to enhance learning” and what makes for a healthy and safe campus.