2019 NLPA Presidential Welcome

Welcome to the National Latinx Psychological Association!

Like my predecessors, I am both honored and humbled to serve as your president for 2019. Our mission at NLPA is “to create a supportive professional community that advances psychological education and training, science, practice, and organizational change to enhance the health, mental health, and well-being” of Latinx populations. Our membership continues to grow, and we invite you to join our familia!

Our organization is not only dedicated to the psychological health of our gente, but also to issues of social justice that affect the health of Latinx populations.  Our people are currently under an unprecedented assault of institutionalized racial hatred in the form of caging children and separating families at the border, tear-gassing of migrants, and denial of human rights to young people brought to this country by their parents looking for nothing more than a better life.  However, Latinx people are all tied together by the Mestiza/o experience. This fusion of several racial and ethnic backgrounds, including Caucasian, African, and Indigenous bloodlines has contributed to our unique identity, resulting in a sense of resilience and spirituality that allow us to endure and survive.

To address these issues, we have adopted the theme of Nuestra Lucha Continúa: Embracing Our Strengths to Tear Down Walls of Discrimination and Systemic Oppression for our first Annual Conferencia in Miami, Florida October 17-20, 2019 at the Miami Marriott Dadeland.  During this conference, we hope to connect with the communities in the Miami area who are doing the necessary, but difficult work required to help our people in the numerous struggles facing them.  I would also like to adopt our Conferencia theme for the work I hope to accomplish during my presidential year.

For those of you who do not know me, much of my work involves Latinx healing processes in their variety of forms across our diverse culturas.  As a Chicanx psychologist, I find that these traditional Indigenous and Mestiza/o perspectives have much wisdom to offer, providing healing and comfort to all of us in these current difficult times.  Most recently, my work has led to the investigation of the resilience of Mexican migrant farmworkers, whose backbreaking work is vital to the U.S. agriculture industry. Please offer blessings, thanks, and gratitude to the people who harvest the food we put on our tables every day.

Finally, I would like to offer my gratitude to all of you who allow me to serve as your 2019 President.  In the spirit of those who have served before me, I offer the words of our beloved founder Dr. Patricia Arredondo: “¡Siempre Adelante!”

En Solidaridad,

Brian McNeill, Ph.D
2019 President