June 2024 Congratulatory Announcements

*Dr. Thelma Bryant honored at the Annual Convention of the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP)

Dr. Thema Bryant is the 2023 president of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology with more than 120,000 members.

Dr. Thema Bryant completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center’s Victims of Violence Program. Upon graduating, she became the Coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program, which provides intervention and prevention programming to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, and harassment based on sexual orientation. She is currently a tenured professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory. Her clinical and research interests center on interpersonal trauma and the societal trauma of oppression. She is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past APA representative to the United Nations. Dr. Thema also served on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology and the Committee on Women in Psychology.

The Society of Indian Psychologists
Native American and Alaska Native professionals advocating for Native mental health by bringing attention to issues influencing Native mental health and psychology today.


  • Create a forum where SIP members can network and support each other.
  • Provide outreach and mentorship to American Indian psychology students.
  • Advance the understanding of the psychology of American Indian people.
  • Further the development of research methods and models of treatment and intervention that are ethically and culturally appropriate for American Indian people.
  • Contribute to the scientific understanding of features of ethnicity, culture, and class among American Indian people.
  • Promote adequate education and training related to American Indian people.
  • Facilitate a professional exchange concerning relevant policy, practice, and research related to American Indian people at the annual SIP convention and beyond.

Dr. Thema is also an ordained minister, sacred artist, and mother, and she is the daughter of Bishop John R. Bryant (Retired) and Retired Episcopal Supervisor, Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant.

Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to: 
bishopjohn4th@aol.com, (Bishop John R. Bryant) 
queenakosua@icloud.com  (Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant)


*U.S. Educational Institutions to Host Mandela Washington Fellows -  Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., LSU, to present “The African American Church and The Civil Rights Movement: Civil Engagement in The United States"

Dr. Herman O. KellyJr.Pastor of Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Amite, Louisiana and Adjunct Faculty in African and African American Studies will present “The African American Church and The Civil Rights Movement: Civil Engagement in The United States" on Tuesday, June 24, 2024, to 25 Of The Most Engaged Young leaders from Africa during a six week Institute at Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly has taught at Louisiana State University for 25 Years, and this is one of the highlights for him in the Academy to engage young minds from Africa.

Dr. Kelly received several awards for his teaching and community engagement at Louisiana State University, the latest The George Deere Distinguished Teaching Award 2023.

"Humbled and Honored To Present To This Fellowship on Civic Engagement and Civil Rights."


Mandela Washington Fellowship
LSU is proud to announce its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, LSU will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging Civic Engagement leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

During their six-week visit to LSU, the Mandela Washington Fellows will establish meaningful professional networks in Louisiana. Through both classroom discussions and hands-on projects, Fellows will engage with locals on the topics of community development, advocacy and social change, leadership, and collaboration. The goal of the six-week Institute is to provide mutual learning: LSU aims to support the Fellows’ leadership development and to learn from their valuable expertise, experience, and cultural context.

The Office of Global Engagement and LSU's Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership (CCELL) are leading the programming for the Mandela Washington Fellows' visit and are collaborating with many LSU departments, colleges, and institutes; Southern University leaders and academic units; and a network of Baton Rouge community programs.

Email: spidermh7@yahoo.com, Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr.


On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield and  Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestones reached.

God Bless

Ora L. Easley