Equity & Advocacy Bulletin #1

February 2021 | ANA Equity & Advocacy Bulletin by Vanessa Zhou, MS

Young Kwok “Corkey” Lee (1947-2021): Chinese American photographer passed away last Wednesday at 73 from COVID-19. Corkey Lee photographed the underrepresented present-day lives and struggles of Asian Americans, including police brutality, protests, run-down housing, and other moments of injustice towards Asian communities.

Alfredo Ardila (1946-2021): Columbian neuropsychologist who dedicated his career to advancing neuropsychology in Latin America, including the founding of the Latin American Neuropsychology Association (ALAN).

2/5/21 – 3rd Annual ANA Meeting at INS (6:30 PM ET | 5:30 PM CT | 3:30 PM PT). Zoom info here!2/21 – Black Luminaries in Neuropsychology Interview Series in celebration of Black History Month in the US and Canada (2/9, 2/11, 2/16, 2/18, 2/23, 2/25)

2/16/21 – ANA Education Committee Webinar on Neuropsychological Testing Mandarin- and Cantonese-Speaking Individuals featuring Dr. Angeles M. Cheung, PhD, ABPP (5 PM EST | 4 PM CST | 2pm PST – 1 hour). Click here to register or request a webinar recording!

8/25/20 Two Black former NFL players Najeh Davenport & Kevin Henry filed class action lawsuits against the NFL for systematically discriminating against Black players filing dementia-related settlement claims by using race-norming. Neuropsychologists weigh in on the perils of race-based norms in cognitive testing in JAMA Neurology.

Galan et al. (2020): A Call to Action for Antiracist Clinical Science in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Bailey (2020): Racially responsive strategies for treating people of color in America

The Inter Organizational Practice Committee (IOPC): recently formed committee of the practice chairs of the AACN, NAN, APA Division 40, and ABPN that aims to improve the practice climate of neuropsychology and coordinate advocacy efforts

1/2/21 President Biden issues several executive actions on immigration policies and programs:
1) Preserve and strengthen Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
2) Reinstate the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians who were forced to flee their country due to armed conflict and widespread civil strife
3) Require department-wide review of all immigration enforcement policies & practices within 100 days
4) Suspending new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols program

Cultural Humility Podcast – Dr. Miguel E. Gallardo, PsyD, hosts this podcast on cultural issues within psychology. Dr. Gallardo was the featured speaker at last month’s HNS/SBN/ANA sponsored Cultural Humility webinar.

State-Level Advocacy for (Tele)neuropsychology in the Navigating Neuropsychology Podcast – Dr. Maggie Lanca, PhD, talks about advocacy efforts within teleneuropsychology and with the IOPC

+ Website: BIPOC Resources – books, podcasts, videos, music, and other resources to support BIPOC
+ Workbook: Letters to My Sisters & Brothers: Practical Advice to Successfully Navigate Academia – culturally relevant workbook for college/graduate students of color
+ Reading list: Black and Asian Solidarity
+ Allyship: 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians – in English, Korean, Chinese, Tamil, Malayalam, & Japanese