Meg Bond, Psychology
“I see students enter our master’s program with the same passions I had to address issues of social injustice.”
Prof. Meg Bond has a full and interesting career.
But, like most students, Bond did not start out knowing what path to follow.
“I knew I wanted to help people,” she says. “I had attended a multiracial high school where, as a white girl, I was in a minority. That taught me a lot about relating with people across our differences.”
After college, Bond worked for a developmental disabilities institute, experiencing first-hand the ways different groups have conflicting perspectives and deciding to pursue applied research. Even in graduate school, she felt something was missing until discovering a program in community psychology.
In its focus on empowerment and changing social conditions to improve people’s lives, she found a professional home.
“Community psychology has allowed me to pursue both my interests – helping individuals and addressing the systemic causes of injustice,” says Bond, who sees UMass Lowell as a place that values its community partnerships and honors interdisciplinary work.
“I see students enter our master’s program with the same passions I had,” she says. “I help them to become effective change agents, learning to ground their actions in research and to develop frameworks for thinking about the world.”