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The Dean’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (DMAC) and the Minority and International Alumni/Student Dinner 2011

The Dean’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (DMAC) met for its annual meeting on Friday April 29th. The purpose of the committee is to examine issues of diversity in the program along with brainstorming ways to increase a positive multicultural atmosphere at GSAPP.

Stan Messer, Dean of GSAPP, along with program chairs Susan G. Forman (School) and Brenna Bry (Clinical) met with students and faculty to discuss the many accomplishments GSAPP has made over the year to address diversity. The committee members first reviewed the class of 2011-2012 admissions. Each year GSAPP receives more and more applications from talented applicants and the number of diverse populations applying to the program and being accepted continually increases. The clinical program admitted 21 students and 35% come from racially diverse backgrounds. The School Psy.D program admitted 18 students of which 22% are from diverse backgrounds. This year students from GSAPP’s various diversity groups: APSA – Asian Psychology Student Association, BSGPPP – Black Students in Graduate & Professional Psychology Programs, HOPPS – Hispanic Organization of Professional Psychology Students, ISG – International Student Group, QSA – Queer Student Association, and J-SAPP – Jewish Students of Applied & Professional Psychology met with interviewing students before the pre-interview dinner to demonstrate GSAPP’s commitment to multicultural issues.

The DMAC was also a time for the Committee on Diversity to highlight all the hard work the committee members carried out to contribute to enhancing the quality of diversity at GSAPP.

The Committee on Diversity held a successful Cultural Conference entitled Addressing Culture, Race and Ethnicity In Different Contexts, which had a record number of attendees. Other accomplishments include a successful Minority Recruitment Night and the Annual Minority and International Alumni Dinner.


GSAPP continues to offer two diversity courses each year: Diversity & Racial Identity (online) and Psychological Interventions with Ethnic Minority Clients/Families. It was discussed that GSAPP should offer even more courses to students such as a course that focuses on LGBTQ psychological interventions, which can be offered in the fall of each year to add to the electives GSAPP already offers. There was even talk about having 3-5week classes that focus on different diversity issues that students can opt to take.

This year the DMAC recognized that two extremely valued faculty Drs. Glassgold and McWilliams were leaving the program possibly leaving a void in the curriculum. However, new faculty, Drs. Warren and Hersey will begin teaching courses like Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Diverse Clients in order for courses like this to continue to be offered at GSAPP. There was also a push from the committee to have more colloquiums that focus on diverse issues in addition to bringing back Focus on Our Diversity (FOOD) Groups which would meet at lunch time once a week. 

A presentation on the necessity of GSAPP producing more bilingual psychologist was presented by first year clinical student Dan Braman. He conducted a survey of current GSAPP students and had a 90% survey return rate. The students all agreed that they would like to learn a second language and that it would be beneficial to have bilingual supervision. It was suggested that GSAPP tap into the Alumni who are bilingual and would be willing to supervise students in varying languages.


Almost 40 faculty, alumni and students enjoyed Thai food at this year's Minority and International Alumni/Student Dinner.


There were four alumni speakers (pictured):

  • Kelly Moore - Developing a Dissertation on Cyberbullying and Mental Health
  • Candice Burke - Accessing Support as a Graduate Student and Beyond
  • Priyanka Upadhyaya - Engaging South Asians in treatment: Building on the Family Psycho-education Model
  • Lucy Sant'Anna Takagi - Working With Inner-City Populations and Developing a Sexual Abuse Specialty