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Dr. William Liu Receives Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship

William Ming Liu

Dr. William Liu Receives Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship

Dr. William Ming Liu has received the 2022 Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship for his work in psychology and education. 

Dr. Liu has received leadership awards from the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (APA), The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Division 45 of APA), and the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities (Division 51 of APA).

He is an editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology (Sage, 2003), an editor of Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men (2010, Routledge), the author of Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions: Research, Theory, and Practice (2011, Sage), and the editor of the Handbook of Social Class in Counseling (2013, Oxford University Press).

Dr. Liu is co-author of Psychology and the Social Class Worldview (2022, Routledge). He is also co-authoring a forthcoming book titled Systems of White Supremacy and White Privilege: A Racial-Spatial Framework for Psychology from Oxford University Press. He is also the past editor for the journal, the Psychology of Men and Masculinities. Additionally, he is a fellow of Division 17 and 51 in APA.

Dr. Liu received the award from the Cross-Cultural Winter Roundtable Teachers College, Columbia University, and spoke during its speaker series conference this past week on race and institutions. 

"If we believe that race is systemic and that there are institutions implicated in its perpetuation, then we already understand that racism cannot simply be interpersonal and intrapsychic," said Dr. Liu. 

The Janet E. Helms Award was created to recognize professionals in psychology and education who have acted as a mentor and scholars. It has recognized notable professionals in psychology over the years, such as Drs. Lillian Comas-Diaz and Helen Neville.

The distinction honors Janet E. Helms, an internationally renowned Black woman scholar on race, racism, and racial identity. Dr. Liu is honored to receive the achievement and is motivated to continue his work. 

"The Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship is an acknowledgment of my mentoring of students and commemorating that my scholarship has had an impact. The Award is a recognition of our lifelong struggle against racism and our responsibility to continue nurturing future generations through our research and practices. I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this award, and I gather strength and wisdom from the community of researchers, practitioners, and artists of Color," said Liu. 

Dr. Liu is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Department Chair at the University of Maryland. His main research interests are in social class and classism, men and masculinity, and white supremacy and privilege.