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2014 Convention News
Washington, DC, February 18–21

Minority Scholars’ Institute: Supporting Graduate Students and Developing Future Faculty

By Sherrie Proctor, Scott Graves, Jamilia Blake, & Tamika P. LaSalle

The NASP Minority Scholarship Program is partnering with APA's Division 16 Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs to present the Minority Scholars’ Institute at the 2014 NASP convention in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Minority Scholars’ Institute is to provide convention programming that addresses issues relevant to school psychology graduate students from diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. Such programming is important to efforts to increase diversity among school psychology practitioners and faculty, particularly given demographic studies that indicate minorities represent less than 10% of school psychologists in the United States (Castillo, Curtis, & Gelley, 2013).

Graduate students from diverse backgrounds and practitioners and faculty interested in supporting increased diversity within school psychology are encouraged to attend the following two peer reviewed sessions: (a) PA490: Succeeding as an Ethnic-Minority Psychologist: Mentoring Advice form Senior Scholars on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 11:00–11:50 a.m. and (b) PA144: Exploring Challenges, Facilitators, and Opportunities for Minority School Psychology Students on Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:00–10:50 a.m. Additionally, the Minority Scholars’ Institute committee members Jamilia Blake, Scott Graves, and Sherrie Proctor will host a reception designed to facilitate connecting diverse graduate students interested in pursuing careers in academia with current school psychology faculty members from across the country. The time and place of this reception will be announced at a later date. However, individuals who would like to know more about the Minority Scholars’ Institute are encouraged to contact Sherrie Proctor at sherrie.proctor@qc.cuny.edu.

The Minority Scholars’ Institute 2014 Committee Members would like to thank APA's Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training for their financial support of this year’s Institute, NASP for their continued support of the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program, and current and past NASP Minority Scholarship recipients for the work they are doing to support diverse graduate students in school psychology. Individuals interested in learning more about the Division 16 Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs can contact Scott Graves at gravess@duq.edu. Individuals interested in learning more about the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program can find information on the NASP website at http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/minority.aspx.


Castillo, J. M., Curtis, M. J., & Gelley, C. D. (2013). Gender and race in school psychology. School Psychology Review, 42, 262–279.

Sherrie Proctor is an assistant professor in the Queens College, CUNY school psychology program. Scott Graves is an assistant professor in school psychology program at Duquesne University. Jamilia Blake is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Tamika P. LaSalle is an assistant professor in the University of Connecticut School Psychology Program. Drs. Proctor and LaSalle are past recipients of the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship.