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The Task Force on Enhancing Diversity in APA has proposed several recommendations to help APA better reflect and serve diverse members. A few of its immediate priorities for APA:

  • Formulate and adopt a general antidiscrimination policy.

  • Expand APA's Publication and Communications Board data base of ethnic-minority psychologists to include other marginalized groups who have expertise to serve as ad hoc reviewers on editorial boards.

  • Survey governance groups to gauge the climate and level of participation of diverse members.

Some of the group's medium-term priorities for APA are to:

  • Consider ongoing joint meetings among APA governance groups to identify common interests, foster better understanding, promote collaboration and reduce biases and barriers.

  • Develop activities to encourage diverse marginalized students and early-career psychologists to participate in APA governance or leadership roles and to pursue research careers.

  • Conduct a survey of psychologists not affiliated with APA to determine why they don't join.

Among the group's long-term priorities for APA:

  • Conduct an analysis and feasibility study on the need, demand and cost of translating APA materials and key psychological works into other languages.

  • Evaluate the possibility of reduced dues for members of national ethnic-minority organizations.

  • Identify and reach out to international psychology organizations, such as in the Middle East and Africa, to develop joint activities related to convention, training, practice and research efforts.

--M. DITTMANN TRACEY

Further Reading

To access the task force's complete report and list of recommendations for boosting APA diversity, visit APA's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs Web site.

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