January 2015 Diversity Committee Report
Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.
Members of Committee:
Brief Summary of Activities Undertaken:
Last January, we identified tasks for the year, which included:
1) Identify at least one new method to attract underrepresented members to the Division/Committee.
2) Create a formal process to engage people to nominate Diversity Award candidates.
3) Create diversity programming to help in diversity education for the division.
Our activities since the summer report have included:
August: Eric arranged a diversity programming event at APA (Aug. 7-10 in Washington DC) entitled Evidence-Based Practice and Multicultural Competencies in Group Therapy: Multiple Perspectives. This four-paper symposium aimed to highlight the complex intersection between evidence-based practice and multicultural competence perspectives within the group therapy context from the perspectives of researcher, educator, trainee, and practitioner.
September-November: the diversity committee focused on getting our student members more involved in diversity programming. We worked together to put together a proposal for the 2015 APA Conference in Toronto entitled: Multicultural Skill Development in Group Psychology.
December-January: The committee reviewed the two candidates nominated for the 2015 Diversity Award and selected the finalist in January 2015.