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Diverse Racial Ethnic and Multicultural (DREAM) Special Interest Group

Mission: To actively address issues impacting children, youth, and families from historically underrepresented diverse populations and communities.

Vision: To promote training, education, policy, and practice focused on diverse, racial, ethnic, and multicultural issues, and to support collaborative exchange among members who share the same interests. 

Goal: To provide members with the opportunity to engage in meaningful collaboration, community outreach and engagement, and information dissemination and exchange on local, national, and international levels that advance the mission of Division 37 and the SIG.

DREAM SIG focus areas
View a full-size version with detailed description of the focus areas of the DREAM SIG.

Training and education

The DREAM SIG holds training and education events that focus on supporting children and families from underrepresented groups to enhance the advocacy, policy, practice, and research skills and knowledge of a variety of community members. Community outreach and engagement.

The DREAM SIG conducts outreach and engages a variety of community stakeholders, including parents and community-based organization leaders at all level, with a focus on amplifying their voices and collaboratively incorporating their perspectives in its work.

Information dissemination

The DREAM SIG organizes and distributes evidence-based information and resources to support policy and practice work related to supporting underrepresented diverse populations and communities.

DREAM SIG meeting time and format

DREAM SIG meeting time and format: Third Wednesday of the month on a quarterly basis.

  • February, 3rd Wednesday @ 12:00-1:00 ET (Virtual)
  • May, 3rd Wednesday @ 12:00-1:00 ET (Virtual)
  • August TBD with APA Annual Conference
  • November, 3rd Wednesday @ 12:00-1:00 ET (Virtual)


Students, early career to advanced career professionals who are Division 37 members are welcome to join us and contribute to achieving the mission of the SIG. Opportunities for leadership include involvement in the SIG’s subgroup committees. To find out how you can play a role in our efforts, please contact Mirian Ofonedu.

SIG Executive Committee members support the SIG’s mission by taking an important leadership role in coordinating the SIG activities.

  • Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C, director of training, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Sonia Rubens, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
  • Carla Adkison-Johnson, PhD, LPC, professor, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Department, Western Michigan University
  • Stephanie Miodus, MA, MEd, doctoral student in school psychology, Temple University
  • Anjali Gowda Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist
To find out how you can join the SIG, please complete this survey.
Last updated: November 2022Date created: May 2020