Council on Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs



CERA's mission is to represent issues of cultural diversity and promote the concerns of people of color as a focus of community research and intervention; to promote training and professional development of people of color interested in community psychology; to advise the Executive Committee on matters of concern to people of color; and to inform and educate the Executive Committee regarding the implications of decisions as they pertain to people of color. 

Chair: Geraldine Palmer, Adler University       Chair-Elect: Jesica Siham Fernández, Santa Clara University


CERA Member Spotlight

cera.jpgEach month CERA will bring to the "spotlight" one of our members to highlight the great work they are doing on campus and in our communities. This month, we showcase: Christine Rosales 

Affiliation: University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Status: Ph.D. Candidate in Social Psychology with designated emphases in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES) and Feminist Studies

Research Interests:

  • My research explores how women of Color engage in everyday forms of resistance against different forms of oppression that seek to restrict the movement of dreams and aspirations -- as well as actions of resistance -- for social change. Through my research I seek to bridge the academia and community, and use that bridge to further social justice education and activism.

Areas of Research Focus & Engagement:

  • I am the program coordinator for M.I.N.T. (Matriculating, Influencing, Networking, Triumphing) UCSC’s Women Center, which provides first generation and/or women of Color with mentorship, workshops, community, and support in their pursuit of applying to graduate school and exploring their research interests. Going to graduate school is a limited way of measuring “success” in life, but for women of Color and first generation students who have decided that this is what they want to do, it is important that there be a community to support them and help them achieve their goals.

How does your work push forward or contribute to CERA’s mission and agenda?

  • My hope is that my work promotes the concerns of people of Color (the concern being the perception that POC do not have collective agency or dream of different possible futures) by illuminating the day to day hidden forms of resistance that women of Color, specifically Latina women, engage in to enable their dreams and aspirations for their family’s and community’s well being.

Words of Wisdom & Inspiration to our CERA members!

"To strengthen your identity and your work as a social/community psychologist, it is important that you and your work be in conversation with the work of people in other disciplines (in and outside of the academy) that have social justice as their focus (e.g. critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, activist leaders/organizations such as Black Lives Matter, etc.). If our work is only in dialogue with our own disciplines then it is impossible to produce work that is feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonization (to name a few). Failing to be in dialogue with people in other disciplines and community organizers weakens our stance and the power of our work as psychologists to catalyze social change." - Christine Rosales

Thank you Christine for sharing with us your passions & commitment to social justice!



CERA is pleased to announce the projects awarded a $750.00 Mini-Grant for the 2017-2018. The lead contact and projects are listed below. Please congratulate them! We can't wait to see the great impact of their work! Thank you to all applicants. It was difficult to approve only 6 awards out of the 18 submissions! Don't forget to apply next year!

G. Braucht:        Passion Empowerment with Reentry Knowledge and Services (PERKS)

N. Walden:        Reveal to Heal: A My Sister’s Keeper Initiative

S. Patel:               The Pathways to Success Project: Trajectories of Risk and Resiliency among                                                                         Newcomer Immigrant Adolescents

E. Bray:                An Investigation of Strength: Refugee Students’ Success in Higher Education

A. Hoffman:      The Virtues of Vegetables: Creating a Vegetable Garden for Boy’s Totem Town

A. Davis:             Disability and Intersectionality: Stories of Resilience and Resistance

 Highlights of Prior Grantees


For the remainder of calendar year 2017,  the following meeting times have been scheduled. A notice of the meeting, agenda and information on how to access Zoom web conferencing or call-in, will be sent out a few days before the meeting.  We have much to do and look forward to you joining us. 

Schedule: 2017

November 3, 2017 -  1:00pm EST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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Or Telephone:
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Meeting ID: 939 151 705

December 8, 2017 -  1:00pm EST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 240 787 232

We are always on the look out for new members! For more information or how to join, contact


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