SC CHAIR'S MESSAGE
Greetings! My name is Nkemka Anyiwo and I am the Student Circle Chair for the Association for Black Psychologist. I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in Psychology and African American Studies. I was raised in Prince George's County, Maryland outside of Washington, DC. Growing up as a child of African immigrants, I became inspired to learn more about African culture throughout the Diaspora and how identity influences psychological wellbeing. I am currently doctoral student at the University of Michigan pursuing a PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology. In my research, I am interested in exploring how adolescents of African ancestry receive and interpret messages about their race and gender.
For the last three I have served as board member of the ABPsi Student Circle. In this roles, I have worked diligently to foster the growth and development of the Student Circle, increase the academic and professional development of student members, expand the Student Circle's national presence. As the 2014-2015 Student Circle Chair, I see it as my mission to develop and cultivate the next generation of Black Psychologists through enrichment, scholarship, and service. This year our major objectives are to: revitalize our media presence through a revamping of our Harambee Newsletter, engage the student circle members in program development, and develop innovative strategies to promote positive psychological wellbeing among people of African ancestry. Most importantly, we are committed to developing a bridge between students and professional members in order to support the transformation of knowledge and wisdom throughout ABPsi.
I view myself as a servant for the community. I am passionate contributing to ABPsi and I am dedicated to utilizing my leadership skills, passion for activism, and commitment to empowering my peers through my tenure as Student Circle Chair. Please feel free to reach out to me or any of the Student Circle national board to stay connected and get involved