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 editors 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 instituting 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 expand 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.