Summer 2015 Ethnic Minorities Section update

Ani Yazedjian, section chair

As spring approaches, the Ethnic Minorities Section officers are excited about planning this year's Annual Conference in Vancouver and are exploring new ways to heighten a sense of engagement among section members. Our Resource Exchange at the Baltimore conference was well received, and we are considering ways to further expand that opportunity and potentially collaborate with other sections.

We continue to brainstorm opportunities for expanding networking opportunities for our Students and New Professionals and invite suggestions from our members. We hope to develop a section newsletter that will highlight the cutting-edge work in which our members are engaged. However, something is missing from these plans. That something is YOU!

A vibrant and effective section is based largely on the contributions of its members. Therefore, as we move ahead in implementing these new initiatives, we invite you to take this journey with us. We need to hear about what you like and what's not that helpful. And we need more people to serve in various capacities. There are so many opportunities to help make our section even more successful. I know all of our inboxes are probably all too full; however, I ask you to take time to respond when you receive emails related to the section. Our success depends on you!

One continuing opportunity involves the Marie F. Peters award that will be given out at this year's conference. The application deadline (May 1) has passed for this year, but keep this opportunity in mind for the future. The award was established for the purpose of recognizing distinguished scholars, researchers, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the areas of ethnic minority families. We have so many accomplished scholars in our section deserving of recognition.

The continuing vibrancy of the Ethnic Minorities Section depends on the engagement of our members. We look forward to working on your behalf to ensure the ongoing success of our conference and the vibrancy of our section.