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The Society for the Psychology Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, a Division of the American Psychological Association, (APA), is the major representative body for psychologists who conduct research on ethnic minority concerns or who apply psychological knowledge and techniques to ethnic minority issues. The Division's purpose is to advance psychology as a science and to promote public welfare through research, to apply research findings towards addressing ethnic minority issues, and to encourage professional relationships among psychologists with these interests. It also represents ethnic minority concerns within the governance of the APA.


From its inception, the Division has sponsored programs at the annual convention of the APA. Programs have included scientific papers, symposia, and poster sessions through which the membership of the Division and those interested in the application of psychological principles in ethnic minority issues could exchange ideas and disseminate research findings. Reflective of the diversity of interests within the division, topics have covered a range of ideas related to ethnic minorities which include psycho-social stress, HIV/AIDS, development of self-identity, psychological assessment, substance abuse, sexuality and sex roles, and other topics.


Members benefit by having a forum in which to present their ideas and research, receive current information on the work of others, and have the opportunity to interact with others about their work throughout the year. The Division has several forums, including a convention program at APA conventions, a listserv for those who like to keep in close communication with others in the Division with regard to the goals and mission of the Division, and sponsorship of various conferences throughout the year. The profession benefits by having open discussions of ideas and topics directly relevant to the application of psychological principles to ethnic minority issues and by advancing the knowledge base of the profession.

Strategic Plan

During the August 2005 meeting in Washington, DC, President Eduardo Morales, Ph.D. and the Executive Committee finalized the Divsion 45 Strategic Plan titled, "Positioning Psychoglists for a Diverse World."  This is a 5-year strategic plan for the Division.  Detailed timelines and plans for executing each objective were drafted and turned over to President-elect Toy Caldwell-Colbert, PhD, ABPP for implementation during her term as President.  The following are the three primary goals, Division Functioning, Divisional Outreach, and Represenation in Governance and related objectives for each goal of the strategic plan are listed (see below).

Division Functioning

Strategic Goal 1: To improve the Division’s functioning for efficiency and effect.

Objective 1: To maintain current divisional activities, including the newsletter, convention program, journal and the Summit;
Objective 2: To have each officer’s report will reflect how their work fits strategic plan
Objective 3: To update the strategic plan at every meeting;
Objective 4: To generate a plan and strategy for increasing membership and engaging members;
Objective 5: To create a Science Taskforce charged with identifying multicultural issues in developmental psychology and other areas and on training issues. The chair will be appointed by president and members appointed through nomination;
Objective 6: To create a Student Awards Taskforce charged with the task of setting up the student awards system focused on research and clinical work; and
Objective 7: To constitute a finance committee charged with budget development and fundraising initiatives for the Division.

Divisional Outreach

Strategic Goal 2: To increase opportunities for collaboration and influence across APA and greater public in addressing ethnic minority issues.

Objective 1: To continue to enhance collaborations with divisions, APA Boards and Committees, and other entities
Objective 2: To collaborate with the Presidential initiative such as evidence-based practice and treatment
Objective 3: To enhance dissemination of relevant materials and to explore new avenues for dissemination (e.g., ejournal, monographs, position papers of color)
Objective 4: To explore opportunities for training scientists in ethnic minority research issues
Objective 5: To explore opportunities and create strategies for influencing the revision of Domain D of the Accreditation guidelines
Objective 6: To explore products for external funders to increase their awareness of and inclusion of EM issues in grant funding protocols
Objective 7: To approach funding sources such as NIH in training their reviewers around cultural competence in doing research and service
Objective 8: To work with American Psychological Foundation (APF) to understand the process for creating an endowment that supports research grants and scholarship on ethnic minority issues

Representation In Governance

Strategic Goal 3: To increase our representation, impact, and influence in APA governance across all realms.

Objective 1: To improve our presence and influence on the Science Directorate with the ultimate goal of effecting their agenda;
Objective 2: To have the EC appoint a monitor to all APA Boards and Committees and liaisons to critical Boards and Committees (e.g., Science Directorate Board);
Objective 3: To develop a strategic 5-year plan for ensuring appointments happen;
Objective 4: To increase our representation in council by adding additional seats with Council reps reporting on how many more apportionment votes are needed to obtain and maintain additional seats;
Objective 5: To influence the APA Committee on Accreditation in various ways such as increasing the site visitor pool, expanding its membership to be inclusive of more diversity in it’s composition;
Objective 6: To create a political engine to assure the election of two APA presidents of color in the next 5 years;
Objective 7: To appoint a person to coordinate appointments as monitors and liaisons to APA governance.

Contact Us

For information, contact J. Manuel (Manny) Casas, President, at 317 East Padre Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3609; Tel: 805-893-3375; Fax: 805-893-7264.

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