The Role of the APA and Diversity Issues

With regard to diversity issues, the American Psychological Association (APA) is sometimes criticized, both within and without, for being too liberal and serving as a social activist. The APA has in fact played important roles in many of the public policy controversies related to diversity that are discussed in this unit’s assigned readings.

Select an area of diversity in which you think the psychology profession needs to improve its focus and support. Describe this area, including what, if anything, psychology has done to address the issue. Is this an appropriate role for a behavioral sciences professional organization such as APA to play regarding such controversies? Describe what you think needs to be done and what you might do to remedy this area in your future career as a psychologist. Justify your opinions.