Beverly Daniel Tatum


Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a renowned expert in the psychology of racism. Currently serving as president of Spellman College, Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist. Her areas of interest include black families in white communities, racial identity, and the role of race in the classroom. Before becoming president of Spellman College in 2002, Dr. Tatum was a professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College, where she served as department chair, dean of the college, and acting president.

Dr. Tatum believes in straight talk about race, particularly in the classroom. She is the author of the acclaimed book “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race. She has written over seventeen articles and book chapters, most of which address topics of race, including the influential article “Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: An Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom,” published in the 1992 Harvard Educational Review. She is a sought after keynote speaker at conferences around the nation. Dr. Tatum has received numerous prestigious awards and grants, including the Braitmayer Foundation Grant, the Carnegie Corporation Grant, the National Association of Multicultural Education Book of the Year Award, and the Association of Women in Psychology Publication Award.

Dr. Tatum was raised in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a M.A. in Religious Studies from the Hartford Seminar.

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