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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Psychology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pomegranate Red
Favorite Food:
Tofu
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans
Favorite Quote:
Breathe Deeply.

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1954
Birth Location:
Tallahassee, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Psychology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pomegranate Red
Favorite Food:
Tofu
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans
Favorite Quote:
Breathe Deeply.

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1954
Birth Location:
Tallahassee
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Biography

Educator and clinical psychologist Beverly Christine Daniel Tatum was born on September 27, 1954, in Tallahassee, Florida, to parents Catherine Faith Maxwell and Robert A. Daniel. After completing high school, Tatum received her B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in 1975. She went on to receive her M.A. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1976 and later returned there to receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1984. In 2000, Tatum received her M.A. degree in religious studies from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.

Tatum began her career in higher education in 1980 as a lecturer in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. During her teaching career, she held professorships in psychology at Westfield State College and Mount Holyoke College. During her tenure at Mount Holyoke College, she was promoted to chair of the Department of Psychology and Education. In 1998, Tatum was appointed as dean of the college and vice president for student affairs. By 2002, she was appointed acting president of Mount Holyoke College before assuming the presidency at Spelman College.

Along with distinguishing herself as a notable educator, Tatum has enjoyed a celebrated career as a clinical psychologist. She worked in independent practice from 1988 to 1998 focusing on individual and group counseling. She specialized in consultation and training related to diversity and multicultural organizational development. Tatum has also written two widely acclaimed books, Assimilation Blues: Black Families in White Communities: Who Succeeds and Why? and ”Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race, which was named 1998 Multicultural Book of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Education.

In addition to serving as president of Spelman College, Tatum serves as a member on many boards, including the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and the Woodruff Arts Center Board in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also active in many professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association and the American Association of University Women among others.

Tatum is married to Dr. Travis Tatum and is the mother of two sons, Travis Jonathan and David.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers visiting Danville, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her father's side of the family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her father's side of the family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes the book 'Twenty Families of Color In Massachusetts'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her parents, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her father's side of the family, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her earliest childhood memories
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her family's move to Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls growing up in Florida, Pennsylvania and Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes growing up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her neighbors in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her neighbors in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls Bridgewater's Burnell Laboratory School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls Bridgewater's Burnell Laboratory School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her elementary and junior high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes holidays and her church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her time at Bridgewater Middle School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls her Cape Verdean neighbors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her childhood personality and her time in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers choosing Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes applying to college and her interest in psychology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls choosing Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her instructors at Wesleyan University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her time at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls developing her sense of black pride in college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her work between college and graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes the development of her racial identity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes the development of her racial identity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her older brother, Eric Daniel, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her dissertation advisor, Eric Berman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers completing her dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her research about black families
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls teaching a course on racism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Beverly Daniel Tatum reflects upon her experiences with racism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Beverly Daniel Tatum reflects upon her experiences with racism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her move from California to Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Beverly Daniel Tatum remembers her career at Westfield State College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her career trajectory in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Beverly Daniel Tatum recalls joining the Mount Holyoke College faculty
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her book 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Beverly Daniel Tatum talks about her research on racial identity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Beverly Daniel Tatum talks about her research on racial identity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Beverly Daniel Tatum describes her career at Mount Holyoke College