To explore the non-native experience of growing up in rural Alaska, Coffee & Quaq interviews Tiffany Rosamond Creed (Part 1) and Dr. E.J. Ramos David (Part 2).
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“One thing I would like now, looking back is a little bit deeper understanding of the history, including the painful history of Native peoples in Alaska. Because it wasn’t until I got to college -- again very few of us are even fortunate enough to get to college, or to be able to attend college -- for me it wasn’t until I got to college that I began learning about the painful histories of Native folks. And I think we need that. That’s probably one of the bigger circles that connects many of us is our experiences of colonialism and our experiences of oppression. As unfortunate as that is, that is one of our biggest commonalities. That’s the reality. And if you erase those commonalities then it really divides us up and makes us forget how connected we truly really are.” - Dr. E.J. Ramos David
E. J. R. David, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with his primary duties being with the PhD Program in Clinical-Community Psychology that has a Rural, Cultural, and Indigenous Emphasis. Dr. David has published theoretical and empirical works on Racial or Ethnic Minority Psychology, including four books: “Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology” (2013), “Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups” (2014), “The Psychology of Oppression” (2017), and “We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet” (2018). He was the 2007 recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45) Distinguished Student Research Award "for his significant contribution in psychological research related to ethnic minority populations"; the 2012 APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Early Career Award in Research for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology for "outstanding scientific contributions and the application of this knowledge toward the improved mental and physical well-being of people of color"; and the 2013 Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research. In 2014, he was honored by the Alaska Psychological Association with the "Cultural Humanitarian Award for Exemplary Service and Dedication to Diversity, and in 2015 he was inducted as a Fellow by the Asian American Psychological Association for “Unusual and Outstanding Contributions to Asian American Psychology.”