A Call to the Helping Disciplines to Deconstruct Diversity and Race: an Essay on the Social Constructions of the “Other”

  • Gregory Gross
  • Eugenia L. WeissEmail author


This article provides a contemporary deconstruction of diversity, race and intersecting identities in America. The authors challenge current conceptualizations of race/ethnicity and difference via social constructionist, contextual and critical approaches through an essay format. Considerations for the helping professions (i.e., counselors, psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists) are offered through various lenses, including historical, political, social and economic perspectives, providing the opportunity for continued professional dialogue towards the promotion and understanding of social justice.


Intersectionality Diversity Oppression Privilege Class Multiculturalism 


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As authors we declare that we have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Saint RoseAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Orange County Academic Center, Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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