Dr. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky, core faculty in the Clinical Psychology department of Antioch University New England (AUNE) has accepted an invitation from the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) to serve on the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
“My program of research and practice are exactly in the area of the varied aspects of diversity needed by the APA Task Force. It’s my life’s work,” said Roysircar-Sodowsky when she accepted the invitation to participate in the APA Task Force. “I have addressed issues of racial, ethnic, cultural, global, immigrant, biracial, GLBTQ+, religious, age, disability and gender identities. I have also taught courses and directed student dissertations and research on the full spectrum of diversity. I am thrilled, and at the same time, very honored and humbled by this appointment. I will work hard to fulfill the charge given to the Task Force.”
The APA’s original Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists (the Multicultural Guidelines) were initially adopted in 2002. BAPPI recognizes that through the years significant domestic and global change has occurred, affecting individuals, communities, countries, and society at large. In addition, the development of substantial new multicultural conceptual and empirical scholarship warrants a revision of the Multicultural Guidelines—one focused on “pan” or “umbrella” multicultural guidelines that captures universal concepts based on the scholarly literature across a broad cross-section of identity groups (e.g., age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation and gender diversity, social class).