Winter 2015 Ethnic Minorities Section update

Ani Yazedjian, section chair

It was great to see so many familiar faces at the annual conference in Vancouver. We had several engaging sessions and stimulating conversation throughout the conference. Thank you to all members who volunteered their time reviewing conference proposals and serving as facilitators and discussants for our various sessions. The success of our sessions depends in large part on your hard work prior to and during the conference.

In Vancouver, we had the unique opportunity to hear from Janice Abbott, the CEO of an award-winning local organization, the Atira Women's Resource Society. If you missed the presentation, an audio recording of the session will be posted on the NCFR website. We also kicked off our coffee mug fundraiser to provide conference travel support to one student and one new professional for next year's conference.

This year, the Section also recognized Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor, from Arizona State University, as the winner of the Marie F. Peters Award. The award recognizes an NCFR member who has made significant contributions to the area of ethnic minority families. Dr. Umaña-Taylor's research focuses on ethnic-racial identity formation, familial socialization processes, and culturally informed risk and protective factors among ethnic minority youth and their families. At the conference, she delivered a thought-provoking address entitled "Cultural Risks, Cultural Assets, and Developmental Considerations: An Examination of Latino Youth in the U.S."

In closing, I want to thank this year's officers Shuntay McCoy (Students and New Professionals), Yolanda Mitchell (Secretary/Treasurer), Jose Miguel Rodas (Students and New Professionals), and Roudi Nazarinia Roy (Chair-Elect) for all their hard work in ensuring such a successful conference.