As part of its new structure, Division 52 has instituted a 3-year leadership cycle for student committee Chair and Representative on the Board of Directors. We are happy to announce that Ankita Nikalje, MS, Purdue University, has been eleted as student Chair-Elect. Her term will begin January 2019. She will serve as Chair-Elect in 2019, Chair and representative to the Division Board in 2020, and Past Chair in 2021.
Student Chair-Elect (term begins 1/1/2019)
Ankita Nikalje, MS
Ankita Nikalje is a second year Counseling Psychology international Ph.D. student from Mumbai (India) at Purdue University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Given the lack of representation of her own experiences in psychology as an international student of color she decided to pursue her master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology at Brunel University (United Kingdom), prior to starting her graduate degree in the United States of America. Her research focuses on conceptualizing sociohistorical constructs such as the pervasive and continued effects of colonization, both as it manifests and varies within and between historically colonized groups. She is also passionate about globalizing psychological research, specifically developing culturally sensitive measures for psychological constructs.
An international approach to psychological research and education is needed to tap into the immense potential of psychology in creating change across the world. I believe the key to this international approach is active engagement and collaboration. While efforts have been made to move past the predominant focus on North American and European populations and theories, our research and education still appears to be homogenous. However, to create sustainable global change within psychology we need the active and equal participation of all collaborators representing international psychology.
As a Student Committee Chair Elect, I want to use my seat at the table to develop specific strategies to internationalize psychology. Specifically, I want to focus on collaborating and building relationships with international partners and networks in facilitating cross-cultural research and education. I believe psychology students across the world can be a powerful source of developing this network, starting with the globally diverse students within our organization.
By promoting an international collaborative approach and actively engaging in cross-cultural research and education, I believe Division 52 can truly become a catalyst for creating global change and the centre of cross-cultural psychology both within the APA and across the world.