National Multicultural Conference and Summit
The biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit gathers scientists, practitioners, scholars and students, in psychology and related fields, to inform and inspire multicultural theory, research and practice.
The 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit will be an exciting and innovative summit rooted in the values of our founders. As multicultural psychologists, we embrace diversity, and reflect on the intersections of oppression and privilege. NMCS 2015 welcomes educators, policy makers, researchers and clinicians to reflect on what we have accomplished and consider where we need to go. In the spirit of Sankofa, we will look back to move forward.
The summit will provide a welcoming space to explore the question, “relative to science, service, training and policy, what has the multicultural psychology movement not yet accomplished?” Programming, including keynotes and “difficult dialogues,” is designed to provide a safe space to explore this question and seek answers.
Join us in 2015 to reflect within and reach out, to remove the borders that limit us and celebrate psychology without borders. Registration opens in September 2014.
The National Multicultural Conference and Summit convenes scientists, practitioners, scholars and students, 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 NMCS occurs every other year and will occur again in 2015.
2015 NMCS Objectives
- To create a welcoming forum for the exchange of ideas regarding multiculturalism and disparities reduction between psychologists, trainees and related health professionals.
- To prepare psychologists, trainees, educators and related health professionals to address the needs of diverse people worldwide through multicultural education, health, well-being, policy and advocacy.
- To support the dissemination of knowledge by experts in multicultural psychology to professionals, trainees and organizations invested in multicultural concerns.
- To demonstrate the applicability of multicultural psychology to the daily functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and educational institutions.
- To build linkages and collaborations among psychologists, trainees, related health professionals, clients, consumers and communities to support economic and social justice.
In 1999, leaders in the field of psychology came together in Newport Beach, Calif., to address a pressing concern in the United States — the growing mental health needs of historically marginalized groups and disenfranchised individuals. Over two days, scientists, practitioners, scholars and students discussed how psychology could better serve our diverse country and drafted proposals to address this need. It was a historic meeting that has grown into a biennial conference — the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS).
Since that first NMCS, attendees have emerged from the NMCS with greater awareness, knowledge, and skills that they have been able to incorporate into their work. From learning about research on the insidious dangers of covert racism to experiencing first-hand the effect of unintentional bigotry, the NMCS has served to remind us that psychologists must always be mindful of the impact of discriminatory environments and that we ourselves are not exempt from discriminatory views.
It is the combined effect of learning and experiencing at the NMCS that has led to its growing success — from 550 attendees at the 1999 NMCS to over 800 attendees at the 2013 NMCS.
NMCS 2015 Coordinators
Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc
Div 35: Society for the Psychology of Women
Terri M. Davis, PhD
Div 17: Society of Counseling Psychology
Michi Fu, PhD
Div 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race
Vic Muñoz, EdD
Div 44: Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues
Presentations are due Dec. 1, 2014 no later than 11:59 p.m. EST via the submissions console.
If you have any questions, please contact:
2015 NMCS Meeting Planner
2015 NMCS Meetings Coordinator
Vic Munoz, EdD
2015 NMCS Programming Chair
Schedule At Glance
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
|12-6 p.m.||Registration (Atrium Foyer)|
|1-4:15 p.m.||Pre-conference Workshops|
|2:30-2:45 p.m.||Refreshment Break|
|4:30-5:30 p.m.||Awards Ceremony (Atrium B)|
|5:30-6:30 p.m.||Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vivian Ota Wang, National Human Research Institute, NIH|
|5:30-7:30 p.m.||Opening Reception (Atrium Foyer)|
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
|7 a.m.-5 p.m.||Registration (Atrium Foyer)|
|7-8 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|8-8:45 a.m.||Opening Session (Atrium BC)|
|8:45-9:45 a.m.||Keynote Address: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College (Atrium BC)|
|9:45-10 a.m.||Refreshment Break|
|10-11:50 a.m.||Breakout Sessions: Film screenings, Symposia, Difficult Dialogues and Skill Building Workshops|
|11:50 a.m.-1:20 p.m.||Lunch (on your own)|
|1:20-3:10 p.m.||Breakout Sessions: Film screenings, Symposia and Difficult Dialogues|
|3:10-3:25 p.m.||Refreshment Break|
|3:25-4:15 p.m.||Breakout Sessions: Film Screening and Symposia|
|4:20-5:10 p.m.||Breakout Sessions: Film Screening and Symposia|
Professional Poster Session (Atrium A)
|6:30-8 p.m.||Awards Ceremony (Atrium BC)|
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
|7 a.m.-3 p.m.||Registration (Atrium Foyer)|
|7-8 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|7:10-9 a.m.||Breakout Sessions: Round Table Discussions and Film Screening|
|7:15-8:30 a.m.||APAGS Breakfast with the Stars (Atrium A)|
|9-9:10 a.m.||Refreshment Break|
|9:10-9:20 a.m.||Welcome Address (Atrium BC)|
|9:20-10:20 a.m.||Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Janet LaBreck, Rehabilitation Services Administration (Atrium BC)|
|10:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.||Breakout Sessions: Film Screening, Symposia, Difficult Dialogues and Skill Building Workshops|
|12:15-1:30 p.m.||Lunch (on your own)|
|1:30-2:20 p.m||Breakout Sessions: Film Screening, Symposia and Difficult Dialogues|
|2:25-3:15 p.m.||Breakout Sessions: Film Screening, Symposia and Difficult Dialogues|
|3:15-3:30 p.m.||Refreshment Break|
|3:30-5 p.m.||Rising/Shining Stars Ceremony/Town Hall/Closing Ceremony (Atrium BC)|
View full schedule (PDF, 225KB)
Wednesday, Jan. 14 Opening Speaker
Vivian Ota Wang, PhD
Program Director, Data Access & Sharing
National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
As a psychologist and geneticist, Vivian Ota Wang’s domestic and global experiences in research, education and ethics span the psychological, genomic and nanoscale sciences. She currently applies her expertise in race and racial identity to science policy and research participation protections at the National Institutes of Health. Her presentation “Redux and Remix: The Science and Politics of Identity,” will touch on issues raised by researchers and policymakers since the Human Genome Project, the raised expectations that genomics would provide a scientific backbone to improve the understanding of diseases and population and racial differences. Although race and genetics share a tumultuous history of questionable science and health policies, research and commercial efforts have been harnessing and increasing the availability of genomic information to researchers, clinicians and the general public. A conversation beyond whether genomics is relevant to the salience of racial and cultural realities is needed to better understand how genomics is informing health, identity and health disparities science and policy issues.
Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DPh, MDiv
Director, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care
Rueben C. Warren also serves as director of the Institute Faith-Health Leadership and adjunct professor of public health, medicine and ethics at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1988 to 1997, Warren served as associate director for Minority Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1997 to 2004, he was associate director for Urban Affairs at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). From 2005 to 2007, Warren served part-time as the director of Infrastructure Development for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. From 2004 to 2009, he was on leave from the National Center for Environmental Health (CDC/A TSDR) in Atlanta, where he served as associate director for environmental justice. As associate director at CDC/A TSDR, Warren had lead agency responsibility for environmental justice and minority health.
His extensive public health experience at community, state, local, national and international levels range from clinical and research work in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, to heading the public health dentistry program at the Mississippi State Department of Health. Warren has contributed to the scientific literature in public health, oral health, ethics and health services research. His professional associations include: the Health Braintrust of the Congressional Black Caucus of the United States, National Dental Association, American Board of Dental Public Health, American Public Health Association, United Nations Children's Fund and World Health Organization.
Warren's membership in health-related associations has expanded his perspective on health. In 1996 -97, he served as chairperson of the Caucus on Public Health and Faith Communities, an affiliate of the American Public Health Association.
Thursday, Jan. 15 Keynote Address
Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
President, Spelman College
Beverly Daniel Tatum has served as president of Spelman College since 2002. A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, her tenure as president has been marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Overall, scholarship support for Spelman students has tripled since 2002, and opportunities for faculty research and development have expanded significantly. In 2008, the Gordon-Zeto Fund for International Initiatives was established with a gift of $17,000,000. Alumnae support of the annual fund has also tripled, reaching a record high of 41 percent in 2011. In 2012, Tatum made the bold decision to withdraw from NCAA intercollegiate sports participation, a program serving less than 100 students, in favor of a campus-wide wellness initiative designed to impact the entire student community of 2,100. She is the author of several books including “Can We Talk about Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation” (2007), “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and “Other Conversations About Race” (1997). In 2005 she was the recipient of the Brock International Prize for Innovation in Education. Tatum holds a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from University of Michigan and an MA in religious studies from Hartford Seminary. A member of several nonprofit boards, she is also a corporate director for Georgia Power and the Educational Testing Service. She is married to Dr. Travis Tatum, and they have two sons.
Friday Jan. 16 Keynote Address
Commissioner Janet LaBreck
Rehabilitation Services Administration
Although Commissioner Janet LaBreck lost her vision by the age of 10, she has never let her disability get in the way of her dreams. In 2007, after more than 20 years as an advocate for the blind community, LaBreck was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind by Governor Deval Patrick. As an ambassador for more than 30,000 legally blind residents, LaBreck has organized campaigns that have effectively increased employment opportunities for the blind. There is no better testament to her profound influence than the commission’s award-winning internship program, which is being replicated throughout the country. Commissioner LaBreck has an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the New England College of Optometry, a master’s of education degree from Springfield College and a bachelor of arts in human services from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In August 2013, the United States Senate confirmed LaBreck as the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the United States Department of Education. In 2013, the Urban League of Springfield selected Commissioner LaBreck as their Urban League 2013 Community Builder Award recipient, as a result of her exemplary leadership and commitment to build strong and vibrant communities. In 2013, President Barack Obama announced some key administration posts, including his intent to nominate LaBreck as Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the United States Department of Education. In 2012, Commissioner LaBreck was recognized by Healing Winds, the Lanesboro, Massachusetts-based American Indian cultural and educational nonprofit organization as the 2012 Rock, Rattle & Drum honoree. In 2011, Commissioner LaBreck was the recipient of the “Profiles in Vision” award, given to her by the New England College of Optometry for her pioneering efforts and extensive involvement in the launching of the New England Eye On-Sight Mobile Eye Clinic. In 2010, she was presented with the Heroes Among Us Award by the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery. In 2008, the New England College of Optometry selected her to deliver the first commencement address in the history of the college to be delivered by a person who is blind.
Early registration takes place on or before Dec. 19, 2014.
Conference Registration Fees
|Early Career Professional/Retired||$210||$270|
|Conference CE Processing||$60||
Workshop Registration Fees
|Pre-Conference Student Workshop||$30||$50|
|Pre-Conference Workshop with Summit||$90||$110|
|Pre-Conference Workshop without Summit||$120||$140|
|Pre-Conference Workshop CE Processing||$30||
Online registration will close Dec. 19, 2014. Participants wanting to register after the Dec. 19 deadline can do so onsite at the NMCS registration desk located in the Atrium Foyer, Atrium level of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis starting at 12 noon on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
This year we'll be at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Experience the bustling energy and stylish vibe at the Marquis, a destination downtown Atlanta hotel conveniently located in Peachtree Center, with indoor MARTA access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is just 15 miles away. This contemporary Atlanta hotel is steps from the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and only a few blocks from CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena and the Georgia Dome. The breathtaking atrium is marked by the 50-foot color changing sail of Pulse, a classically cool cocktail lounge and the iconic symbol of this downtown Atlanta hotel. Unique dining options include Sear, High Velocity and Starbucks.
A block of rooms has been set aside for participants to the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. NMCS is pleased to offer a discounted rate of $ 159 plus applicable taxes per night to Conference and Summit participants. Make your reservation early as this rate is available until Dec. 22, 2014. Room rate and availability are not guaranteed after this date.
Want to be a sponsor? Download the sponsorship agreement (PDF, 140KB) or contact Terri Davis.
Join the NMCS team and the Georgia State Psychological Association in supporting CHRIS Kids. Learn about how you can participate in this collaborative volunteer activity (PDF, 115KB) during NMCS 2015.
- Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology)
- Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues)
- Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis)
- Div. 48 (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology Division)
- Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology)
- Asian American Psychological Association