John M. Taborn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology by a Person of African Descent

This award is given to recognize sustained or special contributions to the field of psychology. Contributions may be in a unique aspect of psychological professional practice, research, teaching, or administration. During their career, nominees may have improved the image of psychology or the Minnesota Psychological Association. Their practice may include distinguished leadership or achievement in black psychology or involvement in the Black community. The nomination will include a description of the nominee’s contributions and a copy of their vita.

This award is administered by the Diversity Committee and is awarded to a recipient at the February First Friday Forum each year.


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.