A Call to Action: Addressing Diversity and Promoting Systemic Change

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. better understand that the importance of and the need for a more diverse and culturally competent workforce has never been more important.
  2. learn ways to engage in intentional action steps to promote best practices in the areas of recruitment, retention, and culturally responsive training.
  3. acquire knowledge of the current research that exists around the recruitment, retention, and training of a diverse and culturally responsive field of school psychologists.


Faculties, practitioners, and students from culturally diverse backgrounds, especially racial, ethnic, and linguistic (REL) minority backgrounds are significantly underrepresented in the field of school psychology. The purpose of this symposium is (a) to expand the dialogue regarding the need for REL professionals, and (b) to report the findings of how to best recruit, retain, and train a diverse and culturally responsive field of school psychologists. Action steps will be discussed to improve culturally responsive practices.



Katya J. Sussman, University of Missouri-Columbia
McKinzie D. Duesenberg, University of Missouri-Columbia
Monica E. Romero, University of Missouri-Columbia
Anne Birchem, Jefferson City School District
Byron M. McClure, DC Public Schools
Charles A. Barrett, Loudoun County Public Schools
David Shriberg, Indiana University


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