President’s Message

President’s Greeting

Update from the Board of Directors

Dear NAMRC Members and Colleagues:

Happy First Quarter of the New Year! It is a pleasure for me to greet you as the President of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve this association in the capacity through December 2020 because I believe its purpose and mission.  I look forward to connecting with each of you over the next two years. Consequently, in lieu of a traditional welcome from the president, I plan to share “Updates from the Board of Directors” each quarter. These updates are designed to keep members and colleagues abreast of conversations and activities within the national board every three months.  The updates for the first quarter include, strategic goals for 2019-2021, Appointments to the Board, the Disability Employment Summit, and the 26th Annual Training Conference.

Strategic Goals for 2019 – 2021

The national board of directors of NAMRC will use these strategic goals to guide the decisions and activities of the Association for the next two years:

  1. To position itself as a first-choice organization for individuals who are dedicated to multicultural rehabilitation issues
  2. To influence federal and state policy  related to research, education, and practice of rehabilitation services, to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.

The standing committees, Finance and Economic Development (Felicia Hunter, Chair), Membership and Coalition Building (Hattie McCarter, Chair), Professional Development (Katavia Sloan, Chair), and Marketing and Publicity (Christiaan Kier) are meeting this quarter to develop specific plans to related to the strategic goals. The chairs of these committees have been encouraged to invite a NAMRC member to participate in these critical conversations. If you would like to participate in the strategic planning meeting with a standing committee, please contact the committee chair.

Board Appointments

Thank you to the members that provided write-in nominations during Elections for the 2019-2020 three vacancies on the board for position of General Board Member. From the list of write-ins, the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns is pleased to announce the following three members have been appointed to the Board of Directors until the next general election:

  • Nina Atkins
  • Robert “Bob” McConnell
  • Susan Rapant

Engagement and Continuing Education Opportunities

Disability Employment Summit

NAMRC is participating in the upcoming National Rehabilitation Association: Disability Employment Summit by offering a complementary Pre-Conference Seminar on Sunday, March 31st 9 AM – 10:30 AM for attendees. Please email me if you plan to attend!

Topic: An Ethical Perspective: People with disabilities from diverse backgrounds and Rehabilitation Outcomes

Description: This workshop will review the disability employment outcomes for people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. It will discuss the CRCC Code of Ethics (A.2., A.5.g, A.5.h, A.5.j, C.1, & D. 2, G.3) perspective on providing high quality services that promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Participants will leave the workshop with practical clinical and organizational tools to improve their practice.

We are applying for 1.5 hours of CRCC Ethics credits for this seminar. Please email me if you plan to attend!

26th Annual Training Conference in Atlanta, GA

Theme: Reimagining the Future: Moving Beyond Talk to Action July 17-20, 2019

The Conference Committee is doing a wonderful job planning for this year’s training conference in Atlanta, GA.  Please visit for more information. You may also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

The National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns is committed to support and advocate for the rehabilitation needs and services to culturally diverse persons with disabilities. If you share this commitment, please get involved in the Association!

Contact me as you deem appropriate,


Michell L.Temple, EdD, CRC, NCC, LPC (GA), LPC-MHSP (TN, Temp)