Our History

AMCD, formerly known as the Association for Non-White Concerns (ANWC) in Personnel and Guidance, was founded at the national level in 1972 as a division of APGA). TANWC was founded around 1973 as a division of TPGA. In 1991, the name was changed from Association for Non-White Concerns to Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, AMCD, with the state division as TAMCD.

A Decade of Reflections reveal the following TAMCD Events

For several years, TAMCD hosted a reception at TCA’s Annual Conference which included an update on business matters. Some years, TAMCD held division meetings or business luncheons.


Members of TAMCD have presented at the local (WTCA Summer Conference) and state (TCA Annual Conference) levels, with the goal of promoting cross-cultural understandings and building respect and appreciation for our diverse community.


Dr. Hattie Isen received the Samuel H. Johnson Distinguished Service Award at ACA’s Annual Convention in Hawaii in 2008.


Multicultural Pre-Con at TCA’s 54th Annual Conference Memphis Hilton, Memphis, TN

Speaker: Mr. Richard A. Lou, Professor and Chair

Art Department

University of Memphis


Facilitated Multicultural Entertainment for opening session at TCA’s 55th Annual Conference, Memphis Hilton, Memphis, TN


Multicultural & Diversity Pre-Con at TCA’s 57th Annual Conference Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN

Speaker: Dr. Jewell Winn, Executive Director

International Programs and Chief Diversity Officer

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN


Multicultural Social Justice Counseling Competencies: Future Directions in Counseling Practice and Research Pre-Con at TCA’s 58th Annual Conference Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN

Speaker:  Dr. S. Kent Butler, Associate Professor

AMCD Past President

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Past TAMCD Presidents to President-Elect-Elect

Mary Brignole University of Memphis 2009-2010

Marylyn Washington Shelby County Schools 2010-2011

Dr. Hattie Isen Freed-Hardeman University 2011-2012

Peggy Misenhelter Shelby County Schools 2012-2013

Dr. Jeffrey Taylor Shelby County Schools 2013-2014

LaSheryl Askew Operation HOPE 2014-2015

Bridgitt Atkins Shelby County Schools 2015-2016

Okessa Edwards DuBois Prep Academy 2016-2017

Dr. Hattie Isen Freed-Hardeman University 2017-2018

Tiffany Hilson Shelby County Government 2018-2019