National Multicultural Conference and Summit

The vision of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit is to convene students, practitioners, and scholars in psychology and related fields to inform and inspire multicultural theory, research, and practice. Multiculturalism is envisioned as inclusive of experiences related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, indigenous heritage, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class and socioeconomic status, and other social identities. 

The National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) brings together psychologists committed to multiculturalism and diversity from four divisions of the American Psychological Association. Div. 44 is one of the prime sponsors of this event, offered every two years. The other three host divisions include 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues).

The mission of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit is to convene students, practitioners, and scholars in psychology and related fields to inform and inspire multicultural research and practice. We envision multiculturalism as inclusive of experiences related to ethnicity/race, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, social class, age, and other social identities.

The summit has been offered every two years since 1999 and has developed its own traditions including a program to "Honor Our Elders" who have built the foundation on which the NMCS rests. The inspiration and scholarship of the speakers and the depth of the difficult dialogues during these Summits has provided energy to move a national agenda toward promoting multiculturalism and diversity in psychology.