Increasing the number of psychologists of color: public policy issues for affirmative diversity.

APA Minority Fellowship Program, and University of Delaware, DE, USA.
American Psychologist (Impact Factor: 6.87). 01/2006; 61(2):132-42. DOI: 10.1037/0003-066X.61.2.132
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ABSTRACT This article identifies the key issues involved in the debate about affirmative action. The June 2003 Supreme Court decisions allowing consideration of race to ensure that there is a "critical mass" of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American applicants to higher education are addressed. Social psychologists have identified key myths and provided clarifications about the need for and consequences of strategies used to promote equal opportunity for persons of color and women. A brief history of affirmative action and of the problems it was designed to solve is provided. The accomplishments, benefits, and compelling interest of diversity and affirmative action are described, as well as the concerns and counterpoints. The lack of a substantial applicant pool in psychology hinders progress toward diversity. Alternative strategies for remedying this lack beyond affirmative admissions policies in psychology are briefly discussed.

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