APA Presidential Endorsement

NLPA Candidate Endorsement Policy

The National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) recognizes that the NLPA may be requested to provide its endorsement of candidates for leadership positions in other professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association. Click here to read the full document.

**NLPA Candidate Endorsement Policy - July 2014

 Endorsement of Rosie Phillips Bingham for APA President-Elect

NLPA values candidates who have been or are currently working to improve the mental health and well-being of Latinx communities and whose values are consistent with those of NLPA. 

APA presidential candidate, Dr. Rosie Bingham, requested NLPA endorsement. In accordance with our Bylaws and the Candidate Endorsement Policy on our website, Dr. Bingham has provided answers to our questions below and included information in the form of a link to her campaign.

NLPA members voted to endorse Dr. Rosie Bingham American Psychological Association (APA) President. NLPA members who are also APA members are encouraged to vote for Dr. Bingham as first choice on their ballots.

No other APA presidential candidates have requested endorsement from NLPA. However, statements by other candidates for APA president may be reviewed on the APA elections website.

1. Briefly state your current or past involvement with NLPA and how your involvement has served to further the mission, activities, and values of NLPA.

My most direct involvement with NLPA came with the seating of the four Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations when I was on the APA Council of Representatives.  I was so proud when the four representatives walked into COR and took their seats.  Later, on the APA Board of Directors I worked hard to secure permanent seating on the Council of Representatives and served on the work group to make that happen.  During that time, I also advocated for APA to support NLPA in its work against the restrictive Arizona laws on immigration and the teaching of Ethnic Studies.  My most useful work may have been the suggestion to establish Memorandums of Agreement with the EMPAs. 

Perhaps my best work, however comes from decades of supporting the work to develop effective practices and interventions that benefit Latinas/os.  That effort can be seen in the founding of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit with Drs. Lisa Porche-Burke, Derald Wing Sue, and Melba Vasquez.  We were and remain committed to social justice, cutting edge multicultural research, education, and training.  I am committed to creating spaces and places of respect for Latinas/os.

Further, even before I knew about organized efforts to deliver mental health service to the Latina/o community, in my first job in the Counseling Center at the University of Florida, I noticed a need for service and a reluctance to use our services by the Hispanic/Latina/o population.  I worked with a Latina graduate student to establish the Hispanic Academic Achievement group because the students would come to the center for something “academic.”  We did as much academic as the students wanted and as much work on issues of anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, and so on as they desired.  In my vita is a reference to the work that we accomplished. 

When I moved from Florida to the University of Memphis in 1985 I continued to work on issues facing the Latina/o community.  I fought to have the University begin to recruit and plan for the success of Latinas/os.  While I had little success, when I became a Vice President, I immediately established a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and helped to move the University to a directed recruitment program.  I changed the name of the Office of Minority Affairs to the Office of Multicultural Affairs so that everyone would know the office is inclusive, welcoming, and empowering to and for the diverse groups on our campus.  While some may not see my advocacy for the establishment of the first Latina/o sorority on campus, Lambda Theta Alpha, as inclusive, it was very important to the students. 

So, I seek to live the values that you espouse in NLPA.  I hope that you can see that in the examples I provided.

2. Briefly describe the importance of NLPA’s endorsement in your campaign.

I believe in the power of inclusion.  I want the world to see that and know that.  I want NLPA to be a part of what I do in APA, from helping me to win to helping me to lead.  Your endorsement would say to the world that you are a part of my journey.  Your members who are APA members will know that you have looked at and vetted me.  I need and want your support.

3. If elected, briefly discuss how your presidential initiatives might further the well-being and mental health of Latinas/os as well as the vision and mission of NPLA.

I hope that you will visit my website at: https://www.rosiebinghamforapapresident.com/.