Dr. Jeanne Stanley is an Adjunct Professor, served as director of graduate counseling programs and has taught graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania since 1994. A Licensed Psychologist, she is the owner and executive director of Watershed Counseling and Consultation Services and the executive director of Grad School Coaching (GSC). She is a national trainer, belonging and inclusion educator, and consultant on topics such as, supporting belonging and sociocultural identities, LGBTQ Psychology, supporting gender expansive and transgender individuals, expanding our talents and strengths and accreditation and licensure in counseling. Her professional writing on supporting individuals’ socio-cultural identities can be found in several books and journal articles including co-editor and author of Teaching LGBTQ Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice (2017) is published by the American Psychological Association Books.
Since the onset of the pandemic, politicians, Hollywood actors, and ordinary citizens alike have reminded us that “We are all in this together”. The statement is meant to calm fears and reinforce the idea that a united front is better than our individual desires—a kind of gestalt moment when we aim to see the whole and not simply the parts. Despite the strength of this statement, any observer would also have to take note that we have all been in this differently as well, not in the past two months alone but over generations.