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•   Women’s Programs Office

•   Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs

•   Minority Fellowship Program Office

•   Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women

o   Psychology of Black Women

o   Concerns of Hispanic Women/Latinas

o   Psychology of Asian Pacific American Women

o   Alaskan Native/American Indian/Indigenous Women

The APA has a number of policy statements and publications (see APA’s written testimony E-11), and it sponsors a women’s leadership conference.

The APA has a Center for Workforce Studies that collects data on psychology researchers by gender, race, employment setting, and activity, and the center monitors employment status and academic rank of women of color. The APA has a diversity implementation plan and has formal relationships with the Association of Black Psychologists, the Asian-American Psychological Association, the National Latina/Latino Psychological Association, and the Society of Indian Psychologists.

The APA is a member of the Collaborative for Enhancing Diversity in Science, a coalition created to increase collaboration among associations, societies, federal agencies, and private foundations to create a more diverse scientific workforce. The collaborative recently hosted a conference on “Enhancing Diversity in Science: Working Together to Develop Common Data, Measures, and Standards,” where the APA made the following recommendations:

•   Improve the collection and evaluation of empirical data on women of color in academia with a focus on career transition points.

•   Identify, highlight, and reward model programs and best practices for maximizing talent of women of color in academia.

•   Encourage mentoring of women of color by including protected time for mentoring in grants and contracts.

•   Recognize psychology as a STEM discipline.

•   Offer financial support for the development of training materials for departments of psychology that provide explicit and proactive guidance on how to promote a supportive and welcoming climate for women of color in academia.

•   Offer financial incentives to institutions and departments of psychology to develop comprehensive programs to support women of color, which include:

o   curriculum development

o   enhanced access to role models and mentors

o   scholarship and fellowship funding

o   changes to institutional climate

•   Highlight innovative models that support women of color in academia as they navigate multiple roles and identities.


Marian Johnson-Thompson, chair of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities at ASM, and professor emerita of biology and environmental sciences at the

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