Boyd’s presentation will focus on the psychological, social and cultural impact of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967). The influence of this federal program, with assimilation goals similar to those of Indian boarding schools, continues to resonate throughout Native communities today.

Boyd is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and a member of the USD Disaster Mental Health Institute (DHMI). She has also been active in service to the American Psychological Association (APA). Boyd was president of the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race and the Society for the Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities. Boyd also served on the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, the Presidential Task Force on PTSD and Trauma in Children and Adolescents, the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention & Training, and the Minority Fellowship Program Training Advisory Committee.

Boyd has authored and co-authored several articles and chapters on issues of diversity and social justice, particularly in the context of disaster.

Named in 1966 in honor of Elbert Harrington, professor of speech and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1945-1970), the lecture is an annual event featuring a distinguished professor with long-standing service to the College of Arts & Sciences. Each year a faculty committee in Arts & Sciences recommends to the dean the name of a faculty member to deliver the Harrington Lecture. The faculty member must be a teacher and scholar, and the lecture must be non-technical, blending insight into liberal education with the faculty member’s work as a scholar.

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