Riddhi Sandil

Riddhi Sandil

Program Coordinator,Counseling Psychology Master's of Education Program,

Teacher's College, Columbia University

Riddhi Sandil received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and  currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Ed.M. program in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She believes that there are multiple factors that impact human adaptation.  Biological predisposition, social context, psychological health, availability of choices, and freedom and the ability to exercise personal privilege all influence an individual's life path and overall well-being.

As a researcher whose professional and personal identity is strongly influenced by multiculturalism and social advocacy, Sandil's research seeks to understand how these factors interact and predict psychological health.  Sandil's scholarly interests lie in the pursuit of evaluating bio-psycho-social factors and their impact of individual differences and self-determination.

Furthermore, Sandil is a licensed psychologist whose clinical interests include complex trauma, working with marginalized/minority populations, women's concerns, identity development, individuation, and family of origin concerns.  She approaches her personal and professional life from a relational, feminist, and multicultural framework and enjoys developing mutually empowering and empathic relationships with others.  In her free time, she enjoys independent cinema, spending time with loved ones, and pop culture.

Centralizing Sexuality, Women, and Gender in a College of Education: How to Build a Certificate Program and Concentration

This workshop, targeted toward faculty and administrators across higher education, will elucidate our process of building the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project at Teachers College Columbia University as a case study for creating successful certificate programs.  We will provide information on how to garner institutional support, energize colleagues, and create interdisciplinary programming.  Through sharing information about our past, current, and future initiatives, participants will leave with several concrete examples how how they can centralize these topics at their own institutions.  Specifically, we will walk through how we have put on events, built research networks, and developed new coursework on LGBTQ issues and women's issues.  We will also discuss potential roadblocks and administrative challenges that come with the creation of a certificate program and how to troubleshoot these issues as they arise.  Drawing on our diverse experiences, participants will share ideas for projects and small group discussions will vision potential roadmaps for launching programs at their home institutions.