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8th CWC Research Forum in Psychology: Towards a Gender Sensitive Consciousness in Psychological Research

March 28,2014

When TIME Magazine came out with its December 2013 issue with Pope Francis on the cover as Person of the Year, TIME also featured another interesting story. This is about Edith Windsor, an activist who won a gay-rights case in court. Part of story is about Thea, Edith’s late wife, who proposed to her with a diamond brooch in the 1960’s. It was a brooch and not a diamond ring because they feared discrimination and prejudice; then homosexuality was seen as a mental illness. It was only in 1973 that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) declassified homosexuality as a mental illness. The basis for declassification is research; this is one of the examples of the valuable contribution of research to society today. Through the years, researches are done systematically and carefully, with measures in place, guided by ethical standards upholding their integrity and credibility.

The 8th Consortium of Women’s Colleges Undergraduate Psychology Research Forum was held on February 19, 2014, Wednesday, 8:00am-12:00nn at the President’s Function Hall A, St. Cecilia’s Building, St. Scholastica’s College Manila. The theme of this year’s CWC Research Forum is “Towards a Gender Sensitive Consciousness in Psychological Research”. Participating schools included Assumption College, Mirriam College and St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

Dr. Maria Victoria Trinidad, Chair of the Psychology and Counseling Department, gave the opening remarks. This was followed by Prof. Elisa Bernadette Limson, Assistant I-RAD Director, who introduced the key note speaker. The key note speaker, Dr. Mira Alexis Ofreneo of the Ateneo de Manila University, shared her thoughts on gender consciousness in psychological research: a brief history on gender, the influences of the environment to gender, current views on gender and her personal experiences in relation to the topic. She closed with a recommendation that in doing psychological researches on gender sensitivity, one must be conscious, critical and creative. Prof. Marcelino Macapinlac, IRAD Director, delivered the closing remarks. Selected SSC 3rd year students presented an intermission number during the plenary; the parallel paper presentations followed after. Selected papers from all three participating schools were presented. Prof. Rembrandt Santos of the Theology Department and Ms. Anthoni Palacio, a senior psychology major, were the emcees.

This academic exercise provided the students a venue to present and participate in a research forum. It gave the students an opportunity to share their work and the valuable learning from research as an academic experience. This also allowed them to learn from the papers and build network among other students belonging to the consortium. 

From: Psychology & Counseling Department