ABOUT DIANE

Diane Goodman has been addressing issues of diversity and social justice for over 25 years as a trainer, consultant, facilitator, professor, speaker, author, and activist. Her extensive and varied background enables her to bring a range of skills and perspectives to meet the needs of her clients.

She has worked with numerous organizations, non-profit agencies, community groups, schools and Universities to create environments that allow all people to feel valued, to be treated fairly, and to work together productively. Diane has also designed, led, and trained trainers for intergroup dialogues in community and academic contexts. Recently, she has been facilitating groups for community members to explore race, racism and whiteness. She was also a consultant on the documentary "White People" (2015) created by Jose Antonio Vargas and MTV as part of their "Look Different" Campaign.

In higher education, Diane’s work has included faculty development and trainings throughout the campus community-- with students and all levels of staff and administrators. In addition, she was the Director of Human Relations Education and the Interim Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Rhode Island. Diane has held faculty positions at the State University of New York-New Paltz in the graduate education program in Humanistic/Multicultural Education and Goddard College in Vermont in Feminist Studies/Social Sciences. Recenlty, she was adjunct faculty at SUNY-New Paltz and at the Smith School of Social Work. Previously, she taught at Springfield College (MA), the University of Rhode Island, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the areas of education, psychology and women’s studies. In K-12 schools, she has conducted trainings on creating more equitable and cooperative schools, focusing on diversity issues as well as conflict resolution and peer mediation.

Diane is the author of Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups (2nd ed.) (Routledge, 2011). This groundbreaking book focuses on working with people from privileged groups across different forms of social inequality. She is also co-editor (with Adams, Bell and Joshi) of the 3rd edition of Teaching for Diversity and Socisl Justice (2016). Diane has also written numerous articles and book chapters on understanding and teaching about diversity and social justice issues. (See publications page.)

As a regular presenter at national and international conferences, Diane has offered institutes and sessions at NCORE (National Conference on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education), Teachers College Roundtable on Multicultural Psychology and Education, The White Privilege Conference, The Diversity Challenge (Institute for the Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College), AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities), AERA (American Education Research Association), NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education), and ACPA (Association of College Personnel Administrators), NASPA (College Student Personnel Administrators) among others. She also gives talks and keynote speeches.

Diane earned a B.A. from Tufts University in Psychology and Child Development and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a focus on social justice education, group and organizational development, and counseling. She has additional training as a mediator.

Her humor, openness, insight, and compassion make her sessions engaging and meaningful.