Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity


May 2014 Update

APAGS-CARED changed its name from the APAGS-CEMA, or the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.


The APAGS Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity (APAGS-CARED) exists to promote a psychology pipeline that is representative of the nation's ethnic diversity and foster culturally relevant and adaptive science and practice in psychology.


We aspire for a field in which all ethnic minority graduate students are empowered throughout each professional developmental stage and all psychology graduate students value and demonstrate cultural competency.

  • Consideration of the experiences of racial and ethnic minority individuals in each aspect of psychology graduate training.
  • Social justice in graduate training.
  • Race and ethnicity in human functioning and development.
  • The intersections of race and ethnicity with other dimensions of identity.
  • Empowerment of every racial and ethnic minority graduate student to have voice and agency.

APAGS Resource Guide for Ethnic Minority Graduate Students

APAGS Resource Guide for Ethnic Minority Graduate StudentsThis resource guide has a new look and new chapters on self-care, research and publishing tips, professional development and so much more. In August 2012, the guide was made available online for all graduate students to download free of charge.

Grants and Awards

APAGS-CARED awards one grant each year for projects that recruit, retain and/or enhance the training of ethnic minority graduate psychology students.

APAGS-CARED also developed the Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award for outstanding contribution to the professional development of ethnic minority graduate students.

Cultural Competency Training

We curate short training videos on topics that frequently arise for psychology students related to diversity and cultural competency. These videos offer expert lectures, webinars and multimedia pieces to help learners increase their competencies related to race, ethnicity, culture and other topics.

Preparing Diverse Students for Academic Careers

APAGS-CARED is invested in making it easier for diverse graduate students to pursue academic careers in psychology. Through a series of short video narratives and longer podcasts, we have set out to demystify the process of preparing to become a faculty member or independent researcher.

Webinars and Virtual Happy Hours

The purpose of these events is to utilize technology to provide mentoring to ethnic minority graduate students in order to facilitate their development and advancement. They also serve to promote cultural competency among all graduate students by providing up-to-date information regarding cultural issues. 

  • Webinars will include prominent individuals in psychology discussing emerging topics in the field. 
  • Virtual happy hours will consist of an informal mentoring session for students.

APAGS members can join the APAEMGS email list for information about upcoming events; see below for instructions. Some of our webinars are now available as podcasts. If you are interested in co-hosting a webinar or virtual happy hour, or have a great idea for one, please send your request to APAGS.

Join our Discussion Group

We invite all APAGS members to contribute to the APAEMGS email group, where broad discussions and announcements around ethnic diversity in graduate school take place in a supportive environment. Send an email to the Listserv® with a blank subject. In the body, write "SUBSCRIBE APAEMGS <firstname> <lastname>". Read details and Listserv policies.


  • Chair: James J. Garcia (2014-16)
    University of North Texas

  • Emma-Lorraine B. Bart-Plange (2013-15)
    Loyola University

  • Amy B. Berman (2013-15)
    Tennessee State University

  • Brittney Cofield-Poole (2012-14)
    North Carolina State University

  • Jeffrey Proulx (2012-14)
    Oregon State University

  • Andrew Tesoro (2012-14)
    University of Arizona

  • David G. Zelaya (2013-15)
    Georgia State University