Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs

Established in 1892, the American Psychological Association (APA) is the nation's largest professional and scientific association of psychologists. The Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) contributes to the APA's goal of advancing psychology as a science and a profession. In 2004, the APA had approximately 150,000 members; approximately 5,100 (5.8%) of its associates, members, and fellows and 10,000 (20%) of its student members identify themselves as persons of color. Psychologists of color now occupy 19 seats (11%) in the APA's highest governance body, the Council of Representatives. These and other successes of ethnic minority participation in the APA can be traced in part to the efforts of the OEMA.

Although race and ethnicity have been long-standing subjects of psychological research and discourse, the APA did not ...

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