Winter 2016 Ethnic Minorities Section Update

Author
Ani Yazedjian, Ph.D., Section Chair
Content Area
Diversity and Inclusion

It was great to see so many familiar colleagues and meet new ones in Minneapolis last month. We had several inspiring sessions and stimulating conversation throughout this year's NCFR conference. Be sure to read the Ethnic Minorities Section postconference newsletter for highlights of the sessions we sponsored. Thank you to all members who volunteered their time reviewing conference proposals and serving as facilitators for our sessions. The success of our sessions depends, in large part, on your hard work prior to and during the conference.

This year, the section recognized Dr. Diamond Bravo as the winner of the John L. and Harriette P. McAdoo Dissertation Award. The biennial award provides support for the completion of a dissertation with a focus on issues affecting families of color. Dr. Bravo's dissertation (which she already has successfully defended) is titled "A Cultural Perspective of Achievement Motivation Among Mexican-Origin Adolescent Mothers," which explores the promotive and protective function of familism values to Mexican-origin adolescent mothers' achievement motivation processes across the transition to parenthood and young adulthood, and identifies patterns of cultural protective factors and how they interactively relate to educational adjustment over time. Dr. Bravo will present her findings at the 2017 NCFR Annual Conference in Orlando.

In closing, I want to thank our outgoing officers Shuntay McCoy (Students and New Professionals representative), Jose Miguel Rodas (SNP representative), Yolanda Mitchell (secretary-treasurer) and Roudi Nazarinia Roy (chair-elect) for their hard work over the past two years. They have been a pleasure to work with and tireless in their commitment to the section. The section now welcomes incoming officers Henry Gonzalez (SNP), Antoinette Landor (SNP), Lorey Wheeler (secretary-treasurer), Yolanda Mitchell (chair-elect), and Roudi Nazarinia Roy (chair), who began their terms at the conference in Minneapolis.

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