2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit

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.

2015 NMCS

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.

About NMCS

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
  1. To create a welcoming forum for the exchange of ideas regarding multiculturalism and disparities reduction between psychologists, trainees and related health professionals.
  2. 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.
  3. To support the dissemination of knowledge by experts in multicultural psychology to professionals, trainees and organizations invested in multicultural concerns.
  4. To demonstrate the applicability of multicultural psychology to the daily functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and educational institutions.
  5. To build linkages and collaborations among psychologists, trainees, related health professionals, clients, consumers and communities to support economic and social justice.
NMCS History

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

coordinator-breland-nobleAlfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc
Div 35: Society for the Psychology of Women

coordinator-davisTerri M. Davis, PhD
Div 17: Society of Counseling Psychology

coordinator-fu Michi Fu, PhD
Div 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race


coordinator-munoz Vic Muñoz, EdD
Div 44: Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues  

Host Divisions

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
5:15-6:30 p.m.

Professional Poster Session (Atrium A)
Student 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 final program (PDF, 390KB)

Wednesday, Jan. 14 Opening Speaker

Vivian Ota Wang, PhD
Program Director, Data Access & Sharing
National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

Vivian Ota Wang, PhDAs 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 applies her expertise in race and racial identity to science policy and research participation protections at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served the Executive Office of the President’s National Science and Technology Council under the Bush and Obama administrations where she developed public engagement and ethical, legal, and social policies for nanotechnology. Previously, she served as senior advisor to the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research director and program director of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program (NHGRI-NIH). Prior to NIH, she held tenure-track faculty positions at Rutgers, Arizona State and Vanderbilt Universities and served on national and international advisory and review boards. Her accomplishments have been recognized by a Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, NIH Directors Awards, NHGRI-NIH Performance Merit Awards, the National Society of Genetic Counselors Special Projects Award, the Colorado College Louis T. Benezet Award, the Asian American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions Award, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs Meritorious Research Service Commendation and the Charles an Shirley Thomas Award, and the Teachers College-Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a BA in biology (Colorado College), an MS in genetic counseling (University of Colorado) and an MPhil and PhD in counseling psychology (Columbia University). She is a fellow of the American Medical Association (American College of Medical Genetics) and APA (Divs.17 and 45), a diplomate of the American Board of Genetic Counseling and the American Board of Medical Genetics, a clinical laboratory specialist in cytogenetics and a licensed psychologist.

Invited Discussant

Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DPh, MDiv
Director, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care
Professor, Bioethics
Tuskegee University

Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DPh, MDiv 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, PhDBeverly 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

Commissioner Janet LaBreckAlthough 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.


Register now

Early registration takes place on or before Dec. 19, 2014.

Conference Registration Fees

Early Late/Onsite
Student $99 $119
Early Career Professional/Retired $210 $270
Regular $270 $325
Conference CE Processing $60

Workshop Registration Fees

Early Late/Onsite
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.

CE Information

Continuing Education will be offered for some programming at the National Multicultural Summit (NMCS).

Those programs being offered for continuing education credit are noted on the printed conference program with the CE designation shown on the left.

A PDF downloadable file will be placed on the website prior to the conference with the above information. There is an additional fee associated with CE processing and it is reflected in the registration form, the final printed program as well as on the conference website.

Information about the CE on the conference website and final printed program will include a description of the educational objectives for each eligible program; the intended audience and instructional level of the program; instructor background, credentials and level of expertise; the day and time of the program; fees; and the number of CE credits offered for each program. Where applicable, information about commercial support or potential conflict of interests will also be clearly indicated.

Continuing education for programming is being co-sponsored by APA Div. 35 and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. The Society for the Psychology of Women, APA Div. 35, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Div. 35 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In order to be eligible to receive Continuing Education credit for any/each eligible program (that is, NMCS events with the CE designation), participants must comply with all of the following:

  1. Register and pay for CE processing via the NMCS registration form
  2. Have your NMCS ID badge scanned in at the beginning of the offering/program/event by one of the official NMCS volunteers that will be located at the entrance of every room where a CE program is being offered.
  3. Have your NMCS ID badge scanned out at the end of the offering/program/event by one of the official NMCS volunteers that will be located at the entrance of every room where a CE program is being offered.
  4. Complete and submit each of the 4 electronic evaluation forms that will be emailed to each participant who registered for CE credits. The links for the evaluations will be emailed to participants in 4 separate emails, divided as follow: Morning Session Thursday, Jan. 15, afternoon Session Thursday, Jan. 15; Monday Session Friday, Jan. 16, Afternoon Session Friday, Jan. 16.
  5. Participants will have up to two weeks after the end of the conference to submit their responses, and they must respond to all 4 electronic evaluations. Responses must be received on or before Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
  6. Pre-conference workshop participants will receive a separate electronic evaluation for their respective workshop, and will have up to two weeks from the end of the conference to submit their responses.
  7. CE certificates will be emailed to all participants who have complied with all the above instructions. Certificates will be received no later than Feb. 13, 2015.
  8. No certificates will be issued after Feb. 13, 2015.

Any questions regarding CE offerings should be directed to CE Co-Chairs Julii Green, PhD via email at (858) 635-4847 or Beth Haines, PhD or at 920-832-6708. You may also contact Alfiee Breeland-Noble, PhD, 2015 NMCS Lead Coordinator or at 202-687-2392. If any concerns arise during the conference about any CE activity, please read the grievance procedures (PDF, 155KB)  that have been established by the CE committee. Please contact CE Co-Chairs Julii Green, PhD via email or at 858-635-4847, or Beth Haines, PhD or at 920-832-6708; or Alfiee Breeland-Noble, PhD, 2015 NMCS Lead Coordinator or at 202-687-2392.

Grievance Procedure

The Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Div. 35) and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit are “fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Div. 35 and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.” (American Psychological Association Education Directorate Continuing Education Grievance Procedure) The CE Co-Chairs (Julii Green, PhD and Beth A. Haines, PhD) in consultation with the Div. 35 Continuing Education Chair designated to 2015 NMCS and the 2015 NMCS Lead Coordinator, Alfiee Breeland-Noble, PhD, as well as the professional meeting planner, will be responsible for monitoring and assessing compliance with APA standards.

“While The Society for the Psychology of Women and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit go to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the convention staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the convention staff or continuing education committee.” (American Psychological Association Education Directorate Continuing Education Grievance Procedure)

The guidelines for handling grievances are described below:

Participants should file grievances in written form for record keeping purposes. You do not need to sign the grievance.

Depending on the grievance, the following actions will be taken:

  1. If your grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by a speaker, or the style of presentation, please put your comments in written format. The CE Co-Chairs (Julii Green, PhD and Beth A. Haines, PhD) will keep your identity confidential and convey your comments to the speaker.
  2. If your grievance concerns a specific NMCS 2015 CE program, its content, level of presentation or the facilities in which the CE offering was conducted, please submit your grievance for review by the CE Co-Chairs Julii Green, PhD at 858-635-4847, or Beth Haines, PhD at 920-832-6708 and NMCS 2015 Lead Coordinator Alfiee Breeland-Noble, PhD 2015 NMCS Lead Coordinator at 202-687-2392.
  3. If you request action, Alfiee Breeland-Noble, PhD, the NMCS 2015 Lead Coordinator (alfiee.breelandnoble@georgetown.edu or at 202-687-2392 (Office)), in consultation with the CE Co-Chairs Julii Green, PhD (858-635-4847), and Beth Haines, PhD (920-832-6708) will:
    • attempt to move the participant to another workshop or
    • provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.
  4. If your grievance concerns the CE staff, the CE Chair will attempt to arbitrate.

Atlanta Marriott MarquisThis 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.

Host Divisions

Division 17

Division 44

Division 35

Division 45


American Psychological Association

Alliant International University TherapyNotes Division 45 The Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention & Training in Psychology Task Force



The Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice Rehabilitation Psychology Handbook of Multicultural Counseling University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology



National Latina/o Psychological Association Division of School Psychology Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies

The University of Texas at Austin International Psychology Georgia Psychological Association

Want to be a sponsor? Download the sponsorship agreement (PDF, 140KB) or contact Terri Davis.