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



SCRA Racial and Social Justice Mini-Grants

Applications are due July 31, 2017!

CERA will continue to award five mini-grants of $500 to promote racial justice research, teaching, practice, and policy-related work. In the past, projects have focused on advancing efforts such as supporting Black/African American students, understanding civic engagement among Muslim women teachers, a program helping veterans who are homeless connect to their community, confronting racism against Black/African Americans, and engaging youth in a detention center in a vegetable and horticulture program.

CERA is committed to supporting scholarship that centers on addressing, examining and centering the voices and experiences of ethnic, racial and culturally diverse communities, as well as social groups and contexts that work toward diversity and inclusion. We encourage graduate students, early-career scholars, practitioners and faculty of all ranks to consider submitting their proposals to the CERA Annual Mini-Grants. Please click below for more information including application procedures, final reports and grant disbursement. 

More Information about CERA's Mini-Grant Program


We held our first meeting June 13, 2017 with the new CERA Chair, Geri and Chair-Elect, Jesica. It was a good meeting and CERA is on target for making a huge impact moving forward!

We will meet again on July 11th at 1:00EDT. A notice will be sent out by July 7, 2017. If you cannot join us on the call, your support and participation is always welcomed. The Zoom conference number and call-in ID will be distributed to the CERA listserv before the meeting. 

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


Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday and Saturday mornings at CERA member-sponsored events at SCRA Biennial - Ottawa, including our annual meeting. CERA is off to a great start!