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Deadline August 27, 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) is currently seeking nominations to serve on a working group for its RESilience Initiative. Working group members’ term of service will be October 2018 – March 2019. The working group will meet virtually on a monthly basis, completing collaborative work assignments in-between meetings. The working group will synthesize the relevant literature and develop materials to disseminate to the wider public that help parents manage stress related to their experiences with racism and discrimination.

About the Initiative: The RESilience Initiative is a collaborative project co-directed by the Children Youth and Families Office, Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs and Office on Socioeconomic Status at the American Psychological Association (APA). The initiative aims to provide resources to parents of youth of color that aid in addressing racial and ethnic differences and promoting positive racial and ethnic identities. The goals of RESilience are to address the effects of racism, racial bias and discrimination through:

  • Increasing knowledge of racial and ethnic socialization as an important part of identity development.
  • Increasing the effective use of racial and ethnic socialization.
  • Supporting parents in managing their own experiences while helping their children learn positive messages about race and ethnicity.
  • Increasing attention to RES and related issues among researchers, research funders, practitioners, educators and other stakeholders.

By joining this effort, you will help equip parents with the tools and knowledge to positively socialize their children regarding their race and ethnicity. Through your translation of the expansive scientific literature into widely disseminated, digestible materials, the resilience of children of color afforded by intentional RES is made accessible to not just the few. Your efforts to communicate and apply the science of RES benefits society and improves people’s lives.

Criteria for Selection: As the initiative is currently focused on tackling issues around parents’ management of their own race related experiences and parenting stress, psychologists from varying perspectives and orientations with expertise in parental stress related to race and discrimination are welcomed and encouraged to apply.  Skills and experience related to crafting and promoting informational products (tip tools, webinars, infographics, social media activities, videos, etc.) are also valued characteristics in nominees. Additionally, the selection of working group members will consider various geographic locations, and different work settings.  Familiarity with using technology for virtual meetings and collaboration on product development is desirable. Nominees should be members of the APA.

If you would like to be considered, please send a 1-page nomination letter outlining your interest and expertise to res@apa.org by August 27, 2018.

For more information on the RESilience Initiative, please check our website.