Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Information About OPA’s Diversity Committee

Welcome and thanks for taking the time to check out the Diversity section of the OPA Diversity Committee.  The Diversity Committee is an active committee.  We are proud to say that we have many members and always welcome new members.  We are interested in recruiting a diverse group of people and want to welcome people from all parts of Oregon. It is important to us that our committee has a good representation of the diverse psychologists in Oregon.

The committee meetings are generally held in Portland and can be accessed via conference calling. The committee meetings are generally held at the end of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on a weekday (usually Tuesday or Wednesday).  Meetings are held in February, April, May and June.  The meetings have been quite productive and they have included case consultations and diversity-related presentations given by committee members.  Members also participate in subcommittees that meet every other month during the already scheduled committee meeting.  For example, this past year a consultation subcommittee was formed that is in the process of developing a consultation program for psychologists seeking consultation on diversity-related issues.  We also have another subcommittee who has been working on the committee’s website, which you are having access to right now!  Besides our meetings, we have a yearly retreat where we review the committee goals that have been achieved, with a focus on creating new ones for the new year. This is also the time we hold elections for the committee positions: Chair and Vice Chair.  

Interested in Joining the Diversity Committee?

We hope you consider becoming a member of our committee.  Feel free to contact this year’s chair (information listed below) if you are interested in joining the Diversity Committee.

Chair

Diversity Resources

Diversity Consultation Services
Diversity Continuing Education Leadership
Research Special Diversity Issues

Resources
APA GuidelinesAge  |  Disability  |  Ethnic/Bicultural Minorities  Gender
Health DisparitiesNational Websites  Sexual Orientation 
Spirituality & Mindfulness

Natalie Kollross, PsyD
541.278.2222
koll2510@pacificu.edu

Vice Chair

Amy Mee-Ran Kobus, PhD
503.494.0903
kobusa@ohsu.edu

Mission Statement

The development of the OPA Diversity committee coincides with the growing diversity in Oregon. This committee
addresses the many issues of diversity that affect the practice of psychology. The goals of the Diversity committee are:

  • Provide support and networking opportunities for psychologists who are of diverse backgrounds and/or who work with individuals of diverse backgrounds

  • Foster awareness and knowledge about diversity, multicultural competence, and psychological practice

  • Ensure that CE workshops reflect a commitment to integrate information about diversity into the education of psychologists

  • Help OPA stay informed and be responsive to ongoing challenges and opportunities presented by diversification

  • Ongoing review of social and community concerns, healthcare, and community and statewide mental health services

  • Provide advocacy support for minority psychologists and/or psychologists working with underserved populations, and community members

  • Increase recruitment, retention, mentoring and participation of diverse members within OPA

The ultimate goal of the Diversity committee is to take on the responsibility of helping OPA, its leadership, and psychologists in Oregon reach the level where consideration of diversity issues is intuitive. It is pertinent in today’s society that diversity be kept in the forefront of thought in every psychologist’s mind and throughout OPA.