2023 NLPA Presidential Welcome 

Manuel X. Zamarripa, Ph.D. , LPC-S

Institute of Chicana/o/x Psychology
Director & Co-founder

Term of office: 2023-2024

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With the permission of Creator, the sacred directions, and guardians of the lands where we reside I present myself as Manuel Tonalahhuatl Xavier Zamarripa (he/him/el) and I am both humbled and proud to be your 2023 NLPA President. It is an immense honor to guide, along with the Leadership Council, this incredible organization. As we move through this year I invite and welcome your thoughts, your palabra, your consejos, and your ideas. We continue to strive to be a professional home, nuestre hogar, that celebrates our cultura and where all voices, all identities are heard and validated. Let us remember that we are the dream of our ancestors. The work we do with NLPA is a manifestation of this dream as we all work toward the wellness, healing and liberation of our communities. Since its inception, NLPA has been a positive and powerful force in the field advocating for cultural responsiveness and Latinx inclusion. I hope to contribute to these efforts and continue the work of my professional elders and peers. In particular, I hope to continue the important work of recognizing our common and our diverse roots as a people of the Americas and the role this plays in our understanding of identities and a culturally relevant sense of well-being. Advancing our psychology necessitates both contributing to current scientific research as well as listening to the wisdom of our ancestors. It means staying connected to the mind as well as the spirit. Our value of collectivism allows us to continue to expand the field of psychology and intentionally de-center the privileging of individualism and western thought. Please know that I and the Leadership Council are here to support your professional growth and development. We just celebrated the 20th anniversary of NLPA this past year and it is clear that over the years we have become the preeminent voice of Latinx Psychology. Within our membership we hold a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, experiences regarding the struggles and strengths of our Latinx communities. I am excited to be following in the footsteps of those before me and learning from the new voices in our NLPA familia as we look ahead to our next 20 years and beyond!

Un abrazo a todes!

Con amor,