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Carlos Hipolito-DelgdoTo the Membership of AMCD,

Today, July 1, 2014, I humbly assume the role of President of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. I want to thank the memberships for entrusting me with the leadership of AMCD. I also want to thank my family—specifically my wife, mother, and children—whose support makes it possible for me to assume this leadership role.

During my time as President I will strive to honor the history of AMCD. I will also keep my vision fixed on the future, with the goal of advancing the field of multicultural counseling. To this end I seek to provide AMCD members with tangible products and services that can aid in their professional development:

  1. Update of the Multicultural Counseling Competencies. The Multicultural Counseling Competencies are AMCD’s signature product. However, they are in need of an update. The Multicultural Counseling Competencies need to consider a broader definition of culture and address the need for social advocacy. This update will allow the Multicultural Counseling Competencies to become a living document that is regularly adapted to address the changing face of diversity and sociopolitical needs of marginalized communities in the United States.
  2. Quarterly Graduate Student Town Halls. Various AMCD student members have expressed a desire to network with their colleagues—beyond the ACA conference. As such, our graduate student representative Rachel Reinders will host a quarterly virtual town hall for AMCD graduate student members. This will provide an opportunity for AMCD student members to stay connected to each other and for AMCD to provide these students with the supports they need to succeed in counselor education.
  3. Provide Free Continuing Education. AMCD members, particularly those in practice settings, deserve to receive high quality benefits for their membership dues. As such, I commit to providing at least one (1) free continuing education opportunity to our members. I am pleased to announce that planning for a webinar, to take place in the Fall, has begun.
  4. Increased Communication and Dialogue with membership. The goal of my administration is to be transparent and to ensure that AMCD members know of the good works their membership dues fund. As such I commit to regular communication with the membership—I will post updates on the AMCD website, AMCD Facebook page, and over the list serve. I also invite members to follow and tweet at me (@DrCarlosHD) for an ongoing dialogue.


I thank you again for your support and I look forward to working with the AMCD Executive Council and the AMCD membership on the goal of advancing the multicultural counseling field.

Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado, Ph.D.
President
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

 

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