Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD, a Chicago native, is a Past-President of Division 32 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Humanistic Psychology) and an adjunct professor at Saybrook University. As a Psychology Instructor at Pikes Peak Community College for almost 15 years, he received the 2007 Honor Role Award for his transformational style of teaching and leadership, which facilitated in an increase in the school’s retention rate among marginalized groups. He serves as an editor of University Professor’s Press and is the Treasurer of Rocky Mountain Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA). Additionally, he is the Chief of Staff of the Pikes Peak Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); the civil rights organization originally led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its first President. Along with several publications, presentations, workshops, and keynotes to his credit, it is his embodiment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reenactment of the “I have a Dream” speech along with his oratory gifts that gives life to any topic that has rendered Dr. Granger a desired and sought after speaker. Among his published works are four books Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity; Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction and Recovery; Humanistic Approaches to Multiculturalism and Diversity: Perspectives on Existence and Difference, and doctoral dissertation Perceptions of Racial Microaggressions Among African American Males: A Heuristic Inquiry. Dr. Granger is originally a product of the inner-city, where gross poverty and dropping out of high school aided in succumbing to life on the streets of Chicago, where he received Life’s proverbial degree in “hard-knocks.” However, through
perseverance and determination, by enlisting in the U.S. Army and beginning his formal educational pursuits at the community college level, he has since served in many capacities in the arena of Human Services to include but not limited to Founder and Director of Be REAL Ministries, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he serves the community by working closely with marginalized groups as a pastor and psychotherapist by taking an existential-humanistic approach to Christian service. He actively continues the march towards humanizing the homeless and advocates for the displaced and disenfranchised. Dr. Granger is the co-chair of the annual No More Secrets mental health symposium, confronting the stigma and educating the Colorado Springs community on Mental Health. He has been featured in the Gazette and Independent News Papers and was recently an invited panelist for the Gazette and KKTV Community Discussion on the Opioid Crisis. He specializes in trauma, relationships, and diversity and inclusion and continues to add to his research on microaggressions. Getting his start as a nurse, he has over 30 years experience in Human Services. Dr. G, as many of his students past and present have affectionately come to refer to him, is an honored recipient of the Carmi Harari Early Career Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology and his commitment to human dignity and social justice remains the substrata upon which a majority of his work is predicated.