One of the founders of ethnic-minority psychology, Joseph White, PhD, detailed his career as one of the country's first black psychologists at an APAGS-sponsored "Food for Thought" breakfast at APA's 2006 Annual Convention. White also urged students to prepare for America's escalating diversity. By 2050, half the U.S. population will be people of color, he predicted. To keep pace with these changes, all psychology students should seek training experiences that prepare them to work with diverse populations, he noted. The coming decades will also see a rise in numbers of mixed-race children, requiring ethnic-minority psychology to revise its single-race theories. He also encouraged research that considers multiple identities within any particular racial community.
"Not all folks who look alike, think alike," he emphasized.
White's talk was one of four breakfast meetings APAGS organized at this year's convention to give students a chance to speak with distinguished psychologists. Other speakers were former APA presidents Diane F. Halpern, PhD, and Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Sheldon Solomon, PhD, of Skidmore College; Tom Pyszczynski, PhD, of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Jeff Greenberg, PhD, of the University of Arizona; and Cynthia de las Fuentes, PhD, of Our Lady of the Lake University.
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