Affiliates and Other Activities in 1977–78
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Vi Rexford chaired the Affiliated Councils in 1978. A District of Columbia Council was established that also included Maryland and Virginia members, which were in close proximity to DC.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Marie Peters and David A. Baptiste wrote a paper on the current and future roles of racial/ethnic minority members in NCFR. A position statement on “Concerns of NCFR’s Black Members” was accepted. Robert Staples, Marie F. Peters, and David Baptiste organized a minority caucus that became the Ethnic Minorities Section of NCFR. Representatives of this section were placed on the NCFR Board of Directors and on all standing committees. A voluntary system of identifying NCFR members from racial/ethnic minority groups began.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 A position statement on the “Role of Students in the NCFR” was presented at the April Board meeting. It noted NCFR’s strong pro-student posture and the responsibility students were given to design and implement guidelines for future student involvement.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The Task Force on Aging prepared a position paper on “Policies Guiding Present Efforts to Make Aging a Dignified Experience for All Americans.”
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The Family Action Section launched the first focus groups to bring together persons of similar interests to exchange ideas, form research coalitions, or meet informally to plan or work on projects. These focus groups eventually replaced the task forces.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The NCFR President was given powers to appoint an ad hoc blue ribbon committee to review position statements. He also appointed an NCFR White House Conference on Families Committee.
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