Brief History

The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives voted to establish the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45) in August of 1986. This represented the culmination of decades of efforts to integrate ethnic minority psychology into the American Psychological Association.

The Society has been instrumental in the development and support of several ongoing programs that had seeds in the initiatives of Former Society Presidents. Vera Paster founded the mentoring program, “Links and Shoulders”. Many of the Society’s rituals and traditions used during Executive Committee meetings and awards ceremonies were introduced by Executive Committee Members such as Patricia Arredondo who initiated a spiritual Mestizo ceremony and Joseph Trimble who introduced the Native American Indian Talking Stick ceremony.

One of the initial goals of the Society was to “Promote the study of ethnicity and culture in psychology”. Initially, this goal was achieved through scholarly presentations at the APA annual convention. The goal of development of an official divisional journal was realized in 1998 with the establishment of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

During the second decade of the Society, we have doubled the number of our Council Representatives from one to two. Starting in 1999, and continuing in alternate years, Division 45 has been a major sponsor and organizer of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues continues to grow and now has more than 1,000 members. Many of our founding members are still active in the governance of the division, providing the collective memory that allows us to mentor newer members and continue our progress.

Many of the first dreams of the Division have become realities. We know we still have far to go. The growth of the Society reflects the strength of our membership and the continued potential to achieve as we pause to celebrate, remember, honor, and consider how far we have come since the Division’s founding in 1986.

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William E. Cross, Jr.
2013-2014

Expanded the EC to incorporate two new voting members: A person of color representing LGBTQ Community and a person representing Arab-Americans.  Saw the revamping of the D45 Webpage.

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Luis A. Vazquez
2012-2013

Development of a Division 45 online repository of diversity literature in psychology. Promoting the contributions of psychology and diversity to the STEM fields. Sustaining the division’s commitment to the pipeline of psychologists at all levels.

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Justin (Doug) McDonald
2011–2012

“Putting Diversity into Leadership Action.” Established a Governance Committee to promote diversity in APA governance. Revived previous efforts to re-name the division because of U.S. demographic changes, and oversaw process till completion.

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Jean Lau Chin
2010–2011

Diversity and Leadership Initiative to promote division 45 leadership. Celebration of Division 45’s 25th Anniversary and logo pin for induction of past-presidents.

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Robert M. Sellers
2009–2010

Initiated Inaugural Division 45 Conference.

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J. Manuel Casas
2008-2009

Advocated for greater attention to immigration and children.

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Beth Boyd
2007–2008

Established Council of Past Presidents.

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Frederick Leong
2006–2007

Launched Division 45 Book Series, Established Task Force for Scientific Affairs, Presidential Citations for leading psychological scientists from Division 45.

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Toy Caldwell-Colbert
2005–2006

Organized a national conference on immigration, in collaboration with Division 35. Celebration of Division 45’s 20th anniversary.

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Eduardo Morales
2004–2005

Developed proposal for a conference on evidence-based interventions and developed five-year (2005-10) strategic plan for Division 45.

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Steven James
2003–2004

Brought attention to people of mixed races and their families, and to historical abuse of people of color.

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Jeffery Mio
2002–2003

Built bridges with allies, using a broader definition of diversity.

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A.J. Franklin
2001–2002

Attended United Nations World Conference and advocated on behalf of Division 45 against racism in Durham, South Africa at the United Nations World Conference.

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Patricia Arrendondo
2000–2001

Collaborated with several APA divisions on multicultural and diversity initiatives, introduced spiritual Mestizo ceremony during division business meetings.

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Joseph Trimble
1999–2000

Introduced Talking Stick ceremony, student involvement in division governance, division recognition of outstanding student poster presentations, Division 45 web site, initiated a royalty procedure where book authors and editors contribute a percent of their royalties to the division.

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Derald Wing Sue
1998–1999

Initiatives on multicultural competencies and dissemination of ethnic minority scholarship, Inaugural National Multicultural Conference & Summit.

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Lisa Porche-Burke
1997–1998

Sponsored scholarly discussion on Ebonics.

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Guillermo Bernal
1996–1997

Oversaw launching of official division journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

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Charles Pine
1995–1996

Instituted culturally-based Division 45 traditions and rituals.

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Gordon Nagayama Hall
1994–1995

Developed a strategic plan to increase membership, add an APA COR seat, elect an ethnic minority president of APA, and establish an official division journal.

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Vera Paster
1993–1994

Founded Links & Shoulders, a mentorship program.

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Amado Padilla
1991–1993

Established a Publications Committee to plan for an official division journal.

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Teresa LaFromboise
1990–1991

Appointed a Task Force on Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Concerns and a Task Force on Women.

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Dalmas Taylor
1988–1989

Initiated membership drive to increase division membership.

Chalso Loo and John Moritsugu
1987–1988

Established divisional infrastructure and regularities.

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Esteban Olmedo
1986-1987

Defined and developed organizational characteristics, structure and functions of the new division.

Initial Steering Committee

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Esteban Olmedo
President

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Lillian Comas-Díaz
Treasurer

John-N.-Moritsugu

John Moritsugu
Secretary

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Melba Vasquez
Council Representative

First Elected Executive Committee

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Chalsa M. Loo
Co-President

John-N.-Moritsugu

John Moritsugu
Co-President

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Dalmas A. Taylor
President-elect

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Esteban Olmedo
Past Founding President

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Lillian Comas-Díaz
Secretary-Treasurer

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Melba Vasquez
Council Representative

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Lisa Porché-Burke
Member at Large

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Teresa LaFromboise
Member at Large

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Charles Pine
Member at Large

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Hortensia Amaro
Member at Large

Joseph-Trimble

Joseph Trimble
Fellows Committee Chair

Eduardo-Morales

Eduardo Morales
Convention Program Chair

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William D. Parham
Membership Chair

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James Jones
Newsletter Editor

Additional Founding Members

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Amado Padilla
Founding Member

Maxine-Rawlins

Maxine Rawlins
Founding Member

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Clive Kennedy
Founding Member

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Halford Fairchild
Founding Member

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Arthur W. Blue
Founding Member

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Susan Berger
Founding Member

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Robert A. Ramos
Founding Member

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