CEMA March meeting

The APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) discusses priorities, initiatives and future directions for 2013.

The Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) met the weekend of March 15-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C. as part of the consolidated boards and committees meetings. Consolidated brings together a large number of APA’s standing and continuing boards and committees to work on policy-development issues throughout APA. CEMA traditionally makes an effort to capitalize on this meeting by attempting to further promote collaborative projects and activities involving many of the groups gathered.

Consistent with the intended purpose of consolidated, at the meeting CEMA developed slates of members of color for nomination to APA boards and committees, prepared for APA’s Annual Convention in Hawai‘i, and reviewed and commented on policy documents produced by other committees and boards. Specifically, CEMA reviewed and recommended action on APA’s reimbursement policy related to representatives of color elected to serve on the APA Council of Representatives, provided input and commented on the proposed revisions to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, the proposed revision of the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (PDF, 164KB) and the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults. Members also met with staff in the Public Interest Directorate’s Government Relations Office regarding proposed 2013 legislative advocacy goals, which includes those issues/concerns related to APA’s ethnic minority legislative advocacy agenda.

Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs: front row (left to right) Alberto Figueroa-García, MBA; Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD; Scott L. Graves Jr., PhD; Kris Yi, PhD. PsyD; Hideko Sera, PsyD; middle row (left to right)Iva GreyWolf, PhD; Muninder K. Ahluwalia, PhD; Helen A. Neville, PhD; April D. Thames, PhD; back row (left to right) John D. Robinson, EdD; Daniel V. Foster, PsyD; David Acevedo-Polakovich, PhDCEMA also hosted the traditional Open Meeting for Members of Color in APA Governance in which the failed 2012 seating of the four ethnic minority psychological associations bylaws amendment vote was discussed along with the emerging new and exciting collaborations between APA and the four ethnic minority psychological associations. At the meeting, members encouraged the APA to consider and encourage culturally appropriate strategies, programming, and activities that would highlight and/or focus upon the issues and concerns of physical, behavioral and/or psychological health and well-being of Native Hawai‘ians and Pacific Islanders during APA’s Annual Convention.

In addition to these activities, CEMA focused on the purpose and core work of the committee. To this end, the Committee spent time revisiting its mission and purpose in an effort to more effectively reconcile and align its practices and procedures with its goals and objectives while keeping in mind how these may be informed and/or influenced by the broader APA Strategic Plan and approved Strategic Initiatives. This was an initial step in what we see as an important year-long endeavor that will ultimately enable the Committee to further optimize its resources in order to successfully accomplish its mission and purpose both in the short and long term.

CEMA felt that its meeting was productive and rewarding. Its next meeting will be in the fall, Sept. 20-22, 2013.

Current CEMA members include: Helen A. Neville, PhD (chairperson); Muninder K. Ahluwalia, PhD (chairperson-elect); Iva GreyWolf, PhD (past-chairperson); I. David Acevedo-Polakovich, PhD; John D. Robinson, EdD and Daniel V. Foster, PsyD. In addition, CEMA was pleased that it continues to enjoy the attendance at its meeting of liaisons from other groups: J. Douglas McDonald, PhD, APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI); Hideko Sera, PsyD, National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP); Scott Graves, PhD, School Psychology, APA Division 16; Kris Yi, PhD, Psychoanalysis, APA Division 39 and April Thames, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychology, APA Division 40.

If you are interested in learning more about CEMA projects/activities, membership opportunities and/or involvement in APA governance, please contact the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at (202) 336-6029 or via email.