Council of National Psychological Associations
for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests
Leadership Development Institute

Due Monday, June 16, 2014

With the APA Division 45 as a member, the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) is sponsoring a yearlong, interorganizational Leadership Development Institute in collaboration with the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association). CNPAAEMI consists of the following national associations: Asian American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, National Latina/o Psychological Association, Society of Indian Psychologists, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues – Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (APA). The LDI is funded by the CNPAAEMI organizations, Division 17 and APA’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology.

The CNPAAEMI Leadership Development Institute (LDI) aims to: (a) Create a mechanism for identifying and/or attracting racially and ethnically diverse psychologists and mental health professionals to become active participants in CNPAAEMI and its respective organizations; (b) Foster and support culturally grounded leadership skills among psychologists and mental health professionals that are transferable to multiple settings (e.g., families, work settings, professional organizations, neighborhoods communities, etc.); (c) Establish networking and sustainable coaching and mentoring opportunities to nurture ongoing leadership development; (e) Develop a model of multiracial and multiethnic coalition building to promote inter-organizational collaborations.
We invite racial and ethnic minority early career psychologists (7 years or less since doctorate) who are interested in and committed to leadership in APA Division 45 to apply for the LDI. The LDI is designed for early career professionals who are interested in leadership but have not yet held leadership positions.
One Leadership Fellow will be selected from each participating CNPAAEMI organization to create a cohort that will meet, train and work together for the entire year. Each Fellow will also be working with a Mentor from their sponsoring organization as well as a Mentor from another CNPAAEMI organization to expose them to multiple organizational and leadership perspectives. The APA Division 45 Fellow will also receive a stipend for travel expenses.
Components of the Leadership Development Institute
• Participate in LDI daylong training, which will occur on October 23, 2014 and hosted by the National Latina/o Psychological Association at its annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico (
• Receive 2 hours of individual and/or triadic mentoring per month for one year.
• Work with a primary mentor from Division 45 and
• Participate in regular facilitated discussions with other Fellows throughout the year and led by a Mentor on a specific leadership topic.
• Develop a personal leadership plan for a project addressing a current issue in the host organization with the help and assistance of a mentor.
• Produce final report outlining activities in the LDI and progress on leadership plan; communicate LDI experience with the Division 45 executive committee.
• Serve as a mentor to Fellows in subsequent cohorts
Benefits of Participation
• Strategies for Using Mentoring Successfully
• Defining the Role of a Mentor Cross-Culturally
• Establishing Professional Goals
• Making a Workable Career Trajectory Plan
• Early Career Development
• Negotiating Institutional/Political Systems
• Self-care for Healthcare Professionals
• Successful Bids for Leadership Positions
• Upward Mobility Time Management Strategies
• Developing Your Leadership Niche in the Field
• Networking and Developing Collaborative Partnerships
• Paying it Forward: Mentoring Others
Criteria for Participation
• A racial or ethnic minority early career professional (7 years or less since doctorate)
• Currently a Division 45 member.
• Interested in and committed to making a professional impact through leadership, and have some vision for such impact
• Interested in leadership skills and pursuing leadership positions in APA Division 45
• Available to attend daylong training in October 2014 at the NLPA Annual Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Committed to complete a leadership project and provide report to APA Division 45.

Application Procedure

To apply for the LDI as the APA Division 45 Fellow, please submit the following materials to Lisa Rey Thomas at by Monday, June 16, 2014. Materials will only be accepted via email. Please send all materials in a single attachment. The file name should be your last name, e.g. “Johnson.doc”.
• A letter of interest. In this letter, please tell us a little bit about yourself and discuss why you would like to participate in the LDI. Indicate specifically what you would hope to gain from the LDI experience and how you would see yourself utilizing the LDI experience in your future work as a leader in APA Division 45. Please also briefly discuss current/previous leadership experiences you have had and what you learned from them.
• A current curriculum vita.
• A letter of recommendation that specifically addresses your potential as a leader, particularly within APA Division 45, your interpersonal skills, and your ability to complete projects successfully in a timely manner.
If you have questions or would like more information on the LDI, we invite you to contact any of the members of the LDI Advisory Board below:
Alvin Alvarez, Asian American Psychological Association at
Linda James Myers, Association of Black Psychologists at
Helen Neville, Division 17 of APA at
Lisa Rey Thomas, Division 45 of APA at
Yolanda Garcia, National Latina/o Psychological Association at
Wendy Peters, Society of Indian Psychologists at