2023 NLPA Presidential Message: August

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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Saludos a todes! 

It continues to be a great honor to serve as your president this year and I’m happy to share a few words with you this August. We are a little over the halfway mark for this year and we are quickly heading toward October which is when we will come together as familia for our annual conferencia! As the preeminent organization focusing on Latinx Psychology, NLPA is continually pursuing excellence in our  mission 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 Hispanic/Latinx populations.” 

One development in our society (among others) that I want to recognize is the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action. Unfortunately, we believe this will have both immediate and potential long term effects on our community and others affected by this decision. Please be on the lookout for an invitation to an all member meeting I will be convening regarding this issue. This year we have had two virtual membership meetings this year so far (i.e. All Member Circulos) and I have enjoyed being able to communicate with NLPA members in a more intimate and informal space. 

I am also happy to share that we are currently restrategizing marketing and communications efforts to maximize accessibility and visibility of our association for our members and to reach others. This includes an upgrade to the official NLPA website designed to provide visitors with a modernized and streamlined browsing experience. We also encourage users to follow NLPA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we increase our presence on the platforms. We have also increased activity on our blog in an effort to improve access to NLPA community news. 

Finally, we are looking forward to NLPA’s 2023 Conferencia in Chicago, taking place October 26-28. Please take advantage of our Early Bird rates that end August 31st! This year’s theme, “Walking with Our Ancestres: Honoring Indigenous Wisdom & Decolonizing Our Psychology Toward Our Collective Liberation”, is dedicated to honoring, validating, and centering centuries of Indigenous wisdom. We invite NLPA members and non-members in our community to join us for this inclusive and healing experience. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer season and hope to see you in Chicago!

Gracias! Tlazocamati