SPR Diversity Network Committee
The Diversity Network Committee (DNC) of the Society for Prevention Research was formed to: advocate, support, and promote diversity initiatives within SPR on behalf of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and encourage the conduct of prevention research and the design of culturally-relevant interventions that address the various needs of racially and ethnically diverse populations. As part of this mission, the DNC is committed to creating and enhancing networking opportunities for members of SPR, to facilitate the conduct of high quality prevention science with racially and ethnically diverse populations. In addition, the DNC supports research and interventions that are attentive to a broad range of diversity issues. SPR’s commitment and support of diversity issues, as now implemented by the DNC, underscores the importance of diversity in the forms of gender, ethnicity, training, research content and foci, career level, and occupational type, as this diversity enhances the development and conduct of research, service delivery, and social policies that advance prevention science.

DNC Steering Committee

The DNC Steering Committee is comprised of volunteers who develop and oversee DNC programming and activities, as well as coordinate membership, training, and communications. Membership on the DNC Steering Committee is open to anyone interested in the DNC’s mission and willing to work on its initiatives. If you are interested in joining the DNC Steering Committee, e-mail us at dncinfo@preventionresearch.org.

Current Objectives
• To develop methods for recruiting and retaining members representing racial and ethnic diversity, and interested in research with diverse populations
• To provide a forum for discussion of diversity issues and research, and to support and encourage research on diversity issues, with diverse populations, and for reducing disparities
• To identify best practices for adapting empirically-based prevention programs to be appropriate for settings that are diverse in resources, priorities, and concerns
• To increase membership and leadership diversity with regard to race and ethnicity, career level and age, categories of research content and foci, and occupational types

The DNC sponsors activities during the Annual meeting, such as the Diversity Network Reception, invited symposia, and poster sessions. As a standing committee of the SPR, the DNC also will sponsor other activities and events related to diversity issues of interest to DNC members and the larger SPR membership. A member of the DNC Steering Committee chairs the Minority Scholarship Committee which reviews and selects awardees of the annual Minority Scholarship. The Annual Minority Scholarship Dance, started in 2002, helps to support the scholarships. Please contact us at dncinfo@preventionresearch.org to share your ideas and suggestions for DNC sponsored programming at the SPR conference or throughout the year.

The foundation for the DNC was the Diversity Network Reception that was initiated in 2006 by Felipe Gonzalez Castro, chair of the 2006 Annual Meeting. The Diversity Network Reception, now in its 4th year, has become a highlight of the annual meeting. In 2009, the SPR Board of Directors recommended to the membership of the Society that the bylaws of the organization be revised to include the DNC as a standing committee. The membership approved the bylaw revisions in May 2009. The DNC is now a standing committee of SPR, and the chair is an ex-officio member of the SPR Board of Directors.