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Lindsay DePalma, Ph.D.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Postdoctoral Scholar

Lindsay DePalma is an Anti-Racist Pedagogy Postdoctoral Scholar in the Engaged Teaching Hub (ETH). She supports the Changemaker Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community (ARPLC), as well as other initiatives related to equitable and inclusive teaching practices. Lindsay has nearly 10 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative social science research, teaching about the causes and consequences of social inequalities, mentoring students and ASEs, facilitating programs that foster inclusion and belonging, and consulting in higher education and industry. Most recently, she has researched and consulted for Deloitte Digital and Illuceo, a DEI firm. 

An alumnus of UCSD, Lindsay benefited enormously from the resources in the Commons and is honored to return to help grow UCSD as a more equitable institution. As a graduate student, Lindsay completed the College Classroom, participated in the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) program, and subsequently served as a Graduate Teaching Consultant for the SGTS program. For her expertise and commitment to students, she was appointed as Sociology’s Senior TA and in 2019 she received Sociology’s Teaching Excellence Award. She also worked as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) in the ETH to draft university-wide best teaching practices, and a GSR in Sociology working with the ETH to conduct curriculum assessment for WASC reaccreditation. Her most recent work in the Commons was as a consultant in the Writing Hub. In this role she worked both in group settings and one-on-one (both in person and virtually) supporting students and professionals in over 30 disciplines, on any project, at any point in their research and writing process. One of her favorite programs to design and facilitate was graduate and professional level writing retreats. She loves empowering individuals by making the implicit explicit.

Lindsay believes that solving organizational challenges begins with knowing what questions to ask and how to listen well. She is motivated by understanding needs or problems and working towards solutions. As a professional in the DEI space, Lindsay relies on empathy, intentionality, and the practical application of science to affect institutional change. She approaches this work with grief, humility, courage, and hope.

Lindsay’s primary research revolves around power, inequalities, culture, race and gender, work, and well-being. She is specifically concerned with individual adaptation and well-being in an economic and social context in which there is both an increased expectation of self-determination and an increased experience of precarity. Her dissertation was on the topic of professional work passion. She has published peer-reviewed work in the areas of culture, work, medical sociology, and economic sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from UCSD in 2020.

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