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Africana Studies Program

Donald Cheek

Part-Time Lecturer

Educational Background

Temple University, Philadelphia, Ph.D., 1971 University of Southern California, Doctoral Curriculum, 1959

Fordham School of Social Services, NY., M.S.W., 1955

Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., B.S., 1953

Courses Taught

Race Relations
Diversity in the U.S.
Social Psychology
African-American Community
Ethnic Experience
Freshman Seminar

Professional Service

Professor of Education, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1977-1999

Counselor and Professor of Social Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1973-1977

Vice-President of the Human Resources Institute and Lecturer in Social Psychology, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA, 1969-1973

Vice-President of Student Affairs, Lincoln University, P.A., 1967-1969

Special Honors

National Board Officer, Prison Fellowship, USA 1989 to present

Keynote Speaker Fresno State African American Graduation Ceremony, CSU, Fresno. May, 1999

Named one of the pioneers of Cognitive Behavior Therapy by Allen Ivey in Counseling and Psychotherapy by Allen Ivey, 1992

Listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1985-1986; 1977-1978

Founding Chairman of State-Wide Minority Task Force of University Counselors, 1974-1977

Principal Trainer and Consultant for Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference on Race Relations, 1970-1972

Recipient of National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Fellowship, 1965-69

Grants Awarded

Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Grant to provide academic exposure and vocational guidance to under-represented students ($87,000), 1985-1990

Counseling Consultant & Facilitator, Federal Correctional Institute, Lompoc, CA, 1980-1985

Administrative Consultant, Paso Robles Boys School, California Youth Authority, 1977 to 1982

Foreign Experience

Research trips to Israel, Northern Ireland, England France, & Grenada, 1996-1997

Munich, Germany, Guest Lecturer, 1985

Utrecht, The Netherlands, Workshop Presenter and Working Groups Facilitator, 1985

University of Ghana, Accra, Africa, Research, 1969-1970

Yale University Program in Xalapa, Mexico, Director, 1965

Professional and Research Interest

Racism and Religion; Violence in America, Roots of Pentecostals, The Hip-Hop Culture and African Roots of Modern Science.

Selected Publications

“Social Science: A Vehicle of White Supremacy?” International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 1986.

“Assertive Black…Puzzled White,” J ournal of Counseling and Guidance, November, 1976

“The Prevention of Institutional Racism: Training Counselling Psychologists as Agents for Change”

“Assertive Behavior and Black Lifestyles”

“Cross-Cultural Analysis of Ethnic Identity and Skin Color”

Donald Cheek

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