The Board on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity was created by psychologists for psychologists, with the intent to raise awareness in all those whose working lives intersect with immigrants and ethnic minority members: those of us active in (mental) health care, education, socioeconomic fields and politics. It is our aim to inspire a greater globalization in our thinking, our education, and our workplaces. It is for all of us who wish to improve the quality of services we are offering, in our countries, our communities and in our on jobs.

These ideas were set down in a proposal, presented to the EFPA at the Oslo conference in 2009 and this proposal was accepted by a majority of votes of the EFPA General Assembly. This initiative was brought into being and carried forth for the initial two year period by Ine Vink (from the Netherlands).