The Commission’s Work: To achieve a thorough psychoanalytic understanding of how racism and its impacts play out within our national psychoanalytic organization and component institutes, the Commission will: frequently meet in think tanks, conduct surveys and interviews, engage in integrative smaller work groups, and produce a final report.
Commission Goals: CO-REAP will recommend an action plan to APsA that identifies all changes that APsA needs to make in its organizational structures, operations, and standards to ensure that racial equality is a hallmark of APsA’s identity and the identity of its member institutes. The Commission will delineate its racial equality mission in policy and operational steps that will guide the establishment and maintenance of safe environments and opportunities for people of color to be able to achieve full advancement at all levels of engagement. Evidence of success, over time, will be manifest in people of color choosing, increasingly, to join APsA, to: seek and have access to psychoanalytic treatment, gain employment in our national organization, train in our institutes, become successful practitioners of psychoanalysis and become faculty members in our institutes. The Commission will recommend that APsA establish a permanent structure to monitor and measure how it and its member Institutes are meeting APsA’s racial equality mission. The Commission also hopes that APsA’s public facing activities will clearly demonstrate its commitment to racial equality, and will catalyze other psychoanalytical organizations and enterprises to join us in making a universal commitment to racial equality in psychoanalysis.
On the Formation of the Commission: Recent and continuing racial atrocities in the United States awakened APsA to its need to systematically and intentionally address our country’s racism. To do so, APsA leadership (William Glover, PhD and Kerry Sulkowicz, MD, President and President-Elect, respectively) collaborated with Black Psychoanalysts Speak (represented by its Co-Chairs, Craig Polite, PhD and Kathy White, PhD). The consultation resulted in naming the Holmes Commission and in appointing its leadership team. Commissioners were chosen to represent seasoned and new voices on race, and a variety of geographic, ethnic, gender, leadership and other qualities to promote lively and productive engagement of our work. We recognize that other valuable voices are not represented on the Commission, and we look forward to benefiting from them in our ongoing work. Following is the Commission’s roster with biosketches and photos for each Commissioner.