Commentary from JMCD Editor-in-Chief 

It is an honor to serve as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) . I hope that I can continue the tradition of excellence and insight in advancing knowledge about multicultural counseling during my tenure. Since assuming office in August 2017, I have worked on streamlining the operations of the editorial board by: (a) increasing the number of associate editros to four, (b) increasing the number of editorial assistants to two, (c) decreasing the review time for original submissions from 28.5 weeks to 18 weeks (a 63% reduction in review time), (c) and improving communication among the editorial board members by institution quarterly meetings with the full review board. We also held an annual meeting at the past conference of the American Counseling Association (ACA) in Atlanta, GA where we had the opportunity to view a selection of the AMCD archives with JMCD Consulting Elder, Dr. Courtland Lee. At the annual meeting, we also honored those editorial board members who were rotating off the board, ending their terms. Next year, the annual meeting will be in New Orleans and we expect that we will have a wonderful time celebrating JMCD's accomplishments. This upcoming  year, we plan to explan the offerings on our website to include book reviews, concept papers, and highlights of our most outstanding published articles. Much of this activity will be spearheaded by our Emerging Reviewers, all doctoral students seeking mentoring in the area of multicultural counseling. We invite you to join us in our journey of rediscovery and return to the core beliefs of JMCD. Sankofa!

Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph. D.


Short Documentary Film and Third Publication in the Hearing our Elders Series with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

It is an honor to announce the third publication of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development’s Hearing our Elders series that features excerpts from an interview with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. “Mrs. Carter is arguably among the most active former First Ladies since she and her husband, the 39th President of the United States, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, left the White House in 1981” (Parham & Clauss-Ehlers, 2016, p. 156). Mrs. Carter has been a formidable force in the mental health field, working tirelessly to decrease stigma associated with mental illness and increase access to services. Her interview captured six critical themes: “really listening with an empathic ear, resilience/persistence, commitment across time, thinking like a global citizen, a quiet-storm leadership style, and self-discovery in service to others” (Parham & Clauss-Ehlers, 2016, p. 156).

To see the short DOCUMENTARY FILM, Following Inspiration: A Conversation with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter


To read the third article in the Hearing our Elders series, click HERE.

For more information about the groundbreaking work of The Carter Center, please click HERE.