Bersoff Presidential Award to Multicultural Programs
2013 APA President Donald Bersoff, PhD, JD, has created an award to recognize graduate departments that successfully recruit and graduate doctoral students who are U.S.-born ethnic minorities as well as U.S. residents born outside of the U.S. in regions such as the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. This initiative is a complement to the Suinn Minority Achievement Award, which is an annual award that recognizes programs with demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of U.S.-born ethnic minority students. The Bersoff Presidential Initiative extends the scope of the Suinn Award globally to ensure that psychology’s workforce adequately reflects and is appropriately trained to work with the increasingly international population of the United States.
The three programs selected to receive this award will each receive $2,500 and be recognized during a special ceremony to be held at APA’s 2013 Annual Convention in Hawai'i.
President Bersoff's vision for these awards is not only to honor the achievements of these exemplary programs, but also to "create a means for programs to learn from each other about how to attract and retain students from other countries and current ethnic minority groups.”