Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a professor emerita of Spelman College (retired but able to hold the title as an honour) and an influential leader who has spent her career trying to bridge the gap between POC (people of colour) and other communities. She is a strong voice in difficult conversations around race and racism, helping build and reinforce communities.
Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Her career began as a higher-education lecturer in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California. She became President of Spelman College 22 years later, before eventually retiring from academia.
She spent 10 of those years focusing on her career as a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in consultation and training in diversity and multicultural organisational development, with a focus on individual and group counselling.
Dr. Tatum is the bestselling author of 3 books discussing the impact of race on society. She is a thought-leader, and has given six TED-talks, as well as speaking at conferences and other events hosted by multiple organisations. Much of her material covers race and racism, the empathy gap, community building, inclusive leadership, and cross-racial dialogue (Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, 2022).
Dr. Tatum is an extremely influential individual who has earned many awards for her work in creating change and inspiring new ways of thinking. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Carnegie Hall Academic Leadership Award, and in 2014, she received the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.
Of course, that is not all - Dr. Tatum has served as a member of the Board of the Association of America Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and the Woodruff Arts Centre Board in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also an active member of the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, and the American Association of University Women, among others (The History Makers, 2006).