Cultural Ethnic and Racial Affairs



CERA's mission is to represent issues of cultural diversity and promote the concerns of people of color as a focus of community research and intervention; to promote training and professional development of people of color interested in community psychology; to advise the Executive Committee on matters of concern to people of color; and to inform and educate the Executive Committee regarding the implications of decisions as they pertain to people of color. 

Chair: Geraldine Palmer, Adler University       Chair-Elect: Jesica Siham Fernández, Santa Clara University



Each month CERA will highlight one of its members and the great work they  are doing on campus, and in our communities. This month, we feature Rome Meeks!

Affiliation: Michigan State University

Current position/Level: 4th year ECO-Community Psychology Ph.D. student

CERA: Rome, briefly walk us through a typical day in your current position. 

Rome: I have the privilege of working in a research lab with Pennie Foster-Fishman focusing on areas of school readiness for K-12 grades. Additionally, as a research assistant, I get to better understand how various communities are addressing areas regarding social determinants of health.  After my research responsibilities have ended for the day, I get to work with international partners to plan Anidasco 360's, 2018 summer "Actperience". Anidasco 360 is my nonprofit organization and "Actperience" is a term I created to reflect the active learning and civic engagement that take place during our immersion leadership experiences. 

To read more about Rome's exciting story, click here Rome_Meeks_Spotlight.pdf

Want to experience first-hand an "Actperience"? Anidasco 360 is going to Ghana 2018! Click here for more information!


SCRA Racial and Social Justice Mini-Grants

Deadline for 2017-2018 Applications is Over!

Thank you to all of the applicants for submitting your grant proposals. We will begin the review process in the next few days and announce 6 winners with approved grants of $750.00 by September 30, 2017. 

Highlights of Prior Grantees


For the remainder of calendar year 2017,  the following meeting times have been scheduled. A notice of the meeting, agenda and information on how to access Zoom web conferencing or call-in, will be sent out a few days before the meeting.  We have much to do and look forward to you joining us. 

Schedule: 2017

September 8, 2017 - 1:00pm EST

October 6, 2017 -      1:00pm EST

November 3, 2017 -  1:00pm EST

December 8, 2017 -  1:00pm EST

We are always on the look out for new members! For more information or how to join, contact


See You in Ghana!

See You in Chile!

Information on DACA

Making Caring Common 

Communicating with Competence

Race and Ethnicity-Psychology Today