AEMI (Association for Ethnic and Minority Issues) is a student-led organization for doctoral-level trainees in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York. Members of AEMI are devoted to discussing the impact of race, ethnicity, and culture in our personal and professional lives—from our interactions with one another in our academic community to our work as clinicians treating the diverse populations of the City College campus, where the program is housed, and of the surrounding neighborhoods of Harlem and Washington Heights. AEMI strives to create a safe and supportive social network for minority students within the program and to take a proactive stance in bringing the issues of race and ethnicity to the curriculum and program at large. You can follow AEMI on tumblr here.
All students in the doctoral program are encouraged to participate in AEMI. As part of our role as active intellectual members of the program's community, students involved with AEMI have engaged in the following activities in addition to monthly general meetings:
- host open houses for prospective ethnic minority applicants;
- participate in admissions process;
- collaborate with faculty towards maintaining a diverse student body;
- invite clinicians and scholars whose work complements AEMI’s mission to speak to the students and faculty;
- outreach to CUNY campuses for minority student recruitment to the program;
- support student research or interest in multiculturalism;
- host social events for students in the program.
We also have a listserv that we use to share relevant information and keep members apprised of AEMI meetings and events.
Doctoral student AEMI leaders: Mariely Hernandez, Aura Morales, Ashley Rainford, Michael Tate, and Ramya Jayanthi.
Q & A
Queers and Allies (Q & A) is a group open to all students in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. The mission of Q&A is to promote — within the program and beyond — recognition, dialogue, and action around issues of sexuality and gender regardless of how one self-identifies, with a focus on how those issues affect us as clinicians-in-training, those who come to our clinic, and the relationships that develop between all of us. Q&A is committed as well to the evolution of thinking about sexuality and gender within contemporary theory and clinical technique.
The group meets monthly and actively collaborates with faculty to maintain a diverse student body and to promote a curriculum that acknowledges and accounts for the full range of individual experiences of sexuality and gender and to foster a safe space to discuss them in our program.
Doctoral student Q&A leaders: Jenna Bennett and Brian Neff.
The City College Doctoral Students Council
The City College Doctoral Students Council, formed in 2016, serves students currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at City College. Its stated purpose is to: (a) provide a forum for discussion of matters pertaining to the welfare of students in the City College Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program; (b) provide a formal means of communication between students and faculty regarding issues that affect the student body; (c) contribute to the recognition and integration of graduate students at the City College Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program; (d) foster unity among graduate students at the City College Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program by sponsoring social activities and other events; (e) strive to continuously improve the standards of the academic experience of the City College Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program’s graduate students; and (f) coordinate student body meetings and monthly meetings with the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Leadership Team.
The group is composed of representatives from each cohort, AEMI and Q&A, and meets monthly on Friday evenings. All students are welcome to attend these meetings.