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Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA)

Article on CEMA in July 2004 issue of TIP


Mission Statement

The Committee of Ethnic Minority Affairs, established by the Executive Committee of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), has general concern for those aspects of I-O psychology which concern ethnic minorities (Native American/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific American, African/Caribbean American, and Latino/Hispanic American). The Committee has particular responsibility for increasing scientific understanding of those aspects of I-O psychology that pertain to culture and ethnicity; increasing educational, training, job and career opportunities for ethnic minority persons in I-O psychology; and promoting the development of culturally sensitive models for the delivery of services in I-O psychology. The Committee is also concerned with maintaining appropriate advocacy, communication, liaison, and clearinghouse functions involving ethnic minority I-O psychologists, students and organizations.

Committee Structure 

Chair: Kizzy Parks, K. Parks Consulting Inc.

Committee Members:
Derek Avery
Bernardo Ferdman
Sylvia Hysong
Stefanie Johnson
Patrick McKay
Kecia Thomas 

Current Goals 

  1. Increase the visibility of the committee and the level of communication among ethnic minorities in I-O psychology.
  2. Develop a CEMA-Sponsored session at the SIOP Conference.
  3. Establish a graduate student organization under CEMA to cater to our biggest constituency and to ensure that we retain members as they transition from graduate school to permanent positions.
  4. Establish a mentoring program that links graduate students that are members of underrepresented groups with SIOP members in academia and industry.
  5. Communicate with the general SIOP membership through TIP.

If you have any comments on these and/or other goals you would like to see CEMA pursue or would like to help the committee accomplish these goals, please contact Kizzy Parks by e-mail at kparks@kparksconsulting.com.

CEMA Listserv 

The Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) has its own discussion group on the Internet. You can be a member of this group by simply sending the following one-line message to listserv@lists.apa.org


For example:


You will receive a confirmation message indicating that you have been subscribed and also including further instructions and information.

Once you become a member of SIOP-CEMA, every message you send to the list will be distributed to all the other members on the list. The goal of CEMA is for subscribers to have a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas pertaining to the goals and activities of SIOP's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Rules for discussion list

If you have any questions about this list, please contact Kizzy Parks via e-mail at kparks@kparksconsulting.com.