Call for Nominations to the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Concerns
January 2015 - December 2017 Term
The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) seeks nominations for two positions beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Nominees are sought who have experience or expertise relevant to one or more of the following areas:
- Public policy expertise and interest related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities;
- Self-identification as a transgender and/or gender non-conforming person; and
- Experience or research in one or more of the following areas: intersections of identities, health, marginalized communities or professional training.
All nomination candidates should demonstrate commitment and engagement in cultural competence (awareness, knowledge and skills) in the arenas of training, research, teaching, practice and/or public policy related to understanding multiple and intersecting identities among culturally diverse LGBTQ individuals and communities.
The committee particularly welcomes nominations of ethnic minority psychologists, bisexual psychologists, psychologists with disabilities and transgender psychologists, and other psychologists who are members of underrepresented groups. In considering nominees, the committee will also consider areas of expertise or specialization within psychology, stage of career (early, mid, later) and the geographic diversity represented in its membership.
The committee's mission is to:
- Study and evaluate on an ongoing basis how the issues and concerns of lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgender psychologists can best be dealt with;
- Encourage objective and unbiased research in areas relevant to lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgender adults and youths and the social impact of such research;
- Examine the consequences of inaccurate information and stereotypes about lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgender adults and youth in clinical practice;
- Develop educational materials for distribution to psychologists and others; and
- Make recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into the APA's activities to further the cause of civil and legal rights of lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgender psychologists within the profession.
The committee shall consist of six members, three of whom self-identify as women and three of whom self-identify as men, to be appointed for staggered terms of three years. Transgender members who do not self-identify as either women or men may fill either a female or a male seat, in alternation (for example, if there were two transgender members who did not identify as either women or men, one would fill a male seat and one would fill a female seat). It shall report to council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.
Selected candidates will be required to attend two in-person committee meetings each year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by the APA. Members will also be required to attend a monthly conference call, frequent e-mail discussions, and work on Committee priorities between meetings.
How to Apply
To apply, please provide:
- The nominee's statement of interest
- The nominee's curriculum vita
- A letter of support from someone familiar with the nominee's work
These materials should highlight the nominee's qualifications for the committee and expertise or interest in the targeted areas above.
Nomination materials are to be received by Aug. 31, 2014, via mail, email or fax:
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Send to CLGBTC
Fax: (202) 336-6040