Teaching & Speaking

Invite me to speak at your event!

I am available for public events and private speaking engagements. A speaker fee or honorarium is expected. For booking, please email leslye@leslyetinson.com.

KRON 4 Live interview on the VTA Shooting

Leslye Tinson provides expert commentary following VTA shooting that resulted in 9 deaths. She shares about how this tragedy can impact mental health, and how to talk to children about gun violence.

Doctoral Student Spotlight

I am honored to have been featured as a Student Spotlight for my current doctoral program at the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, San José State University. View the short interview video on YouTube!

I am dedicated to be an educational leader that has a strong foundation in culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive leadership practices that transform educational experiences of historically underserved students.

If I were a White or non-Black psychologist and willing to listen to Leslye, this is what I would do:

Why we must fight to end racism

The protests of Black Lives Matter and the calls for policing reform represent a sliver of the injustice Black people have historically faced in the United States. As a Black woman, I have long experienced what it means to be in this skin in the U.S. As a Black woman in academia (see #BlackintheIvory), I have experienced the same pain at work. Racism is ever present in academia and in all the spaces and institutions of our country. Through my hurt, I compiled a working list of readings, films and resources that I have bravely shared with my colleagues. Please #CiteaSista if you share or use these resources for your workshops. Even better, invite me to speak and pay me to teach! Thank you!

Leslye Tinson, 6/18/2020

Leadership Power Summit Panelist
Sept. 2018 - Panel discussant at the 50th Anniversary of Black Women Organized for Political Action, San Francisco, CA.

Topic areas:

  • Clinical psychology, mental health and wellness

  • Understanding racism, prejudice and discrimination

  • Multicultural perspectives in psychology

  • Women in leadership, nonprofit management, and politics

  • Civic engagement and the African American community, voting rights and disenfranchisement

  • Community college and University teaching

Past workshops and presentations include:

  • "Commemorating Juneteenth", San José State University @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

  • "Black women in the professoriate", International Doctoral Symposium, San José State University

  • "Unprecedented: Learning from Past Crises" (moderator), San José State University

  • "Abolitionist Teaching" (Discussant) with author Dr. Bettina Love, San José State University

  • "Preparing for graduate school", San Jose, CA

  • “Using Zoom for your classroom engagement and office hours" - San Francisco, CA

  • "The importance of women serving on boards and commissions” - San Francisco, CA

  • “The importance of women in key leadership positions, politics and community” - Palo Alto, CA

  • “Youth and the Affordable Care Act - Medi-Cal eligibility expansion” @ San Jose City College

  • “The Affordable Care Act and African-Americans - what's in the plan?” @ University of California, Berkeley

  • “Clinical work within a cultural context - Working with underserved families” @ Alliant University SF

  • “Writing within the Discipline: A writing workshop for graduate students” @ San Francisco State University

  • Preventing HIV in the Black Community” @ San Francisco State University

  • “Let’s Talk About Sex: Healthy Sex and Sexuality Workshop” @ San Francisco State University


Teaching Resources

Leslye Tinson teaching a class

Below are links to a variety of resources compiled by colleagues with permission to share:

  1. Radical healing in communities of color

  2. Dismantling oppressive systems

  3. Black Lives Matter

  4. Social Justice

  5. Teaching and mentoring to promote race dialogues and social justice

  6. Racial attitudes

  7. White attitudes, privilege, and multicultural development

  8. Therapy and supervision

  9. Telehealth