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GSC Convention Programming

The Mentoring Lunch (Friday, June 27, 12:30-1:30pm)
Chairs: Tarika Daftary, Janice Adelman, and Katherine Stroebe

By reservation only.  Please sign up in advance (email the GSC at to have lunch and converse with leaders in the field.  Participating mentors and their theme for discussion are listed below.




Dina Berman

University of Illinois, Chicago

Outside Academia

Susan Fiske

Princeton University


Irene Frieze

University of Pittsburgh

Publishing research relating to gender

Matthew Hornsey

Queensland University

Academic opportunities outside the U.S.

John Jost

New York University

Societal/Political psychology

Jan Leu

University of Washington

Culture, race, and health

Laurie O'Brien

Tulane University

Post doc pros and cons

Allen Omoto

Claremont Graduate University

LGBT, volunteerism, policy

Susan Opotow

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Moral Exclusion and Social Justice

Paul Silvia

University of North Carolina, Greensboro


Linda Tropp

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Intergroup Contact

Michael Zarate

University of Texas, El Paso

Social cognition, immigration, prejudice & stereotypes

International and Domestic Collaboration (Saturday, June 28, 9-10am)
Chairs:  Namrata Mahajan, Robert Blagg, and Liana Epstein

At the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, René Dubos coined the phrase “Think globally, act locally”. This statement seems particularly relevant to many of the policy issues we confront as scientists and activists today. The social problems we examine can affect the members of our own communities and those across the globe in unique and common ways. As such, partnerships with international and domestic colleagues have become an increasingly important method of effectively and efficiently addressing vital social issues.

In line with the focus of this year’s conference, “Disparities across the Globe: Place, Race, Class, Ethnicity & Gender”, the graduate student committee invites you to be part of our panel discussion of international and domestic partnerships. We would like this meeting to be a forum for sharing the challenges and triumphs of collaboration, ways of forging strong professional relationships, and ideas for making collaboration more efficient and effective. 

A Roundtable Discussion For People of Color in Academia (Saturday, June 28, 11:45am-12:45pm)
Chairs:  Jenny Escobar, Tarika Daftary, and Namrata Mahajan


  • Robert Sellers, University of Michigan
  • Aaronette White, Penn State

Students and faculty of color in academia still make up a small percentage of academics across disciplines, despite the growing number of ethnic groups within the larger population of the United States.  The experiences and voices of scholars of color who are part of this marginal percent are often ignored - or worse yet, silenced by dominant bureaucratic policies operating within academic institutions.  One recent example of this is the recent denial of tenure for Andrea Smith, a renowned indigenous activist and professor in the Native American Studies department at the University of Michigan.  As a response to the continued denial of tenure to women of color in academia across the nation, faculty and students from across the states gathered at Michigan to contest and document the experiences of multiple oppression faced by women of color who navigate the politicized tenure process.

Following the spirit of urgency posited by this gathering and in accordance with the theme of SPSSI’s convention theme: “Disparities across the board: Place, race, class, ethnicity, and gender”, we would like to invite you to join us for a panel discussion focusing on our own experiences as students and faculty of color within academia in general, and within psychology in particular.  We envision the panel to be a space of critical reflection about our shared experiences within academia as well as a space of creating survival and resistance strategies that we can engage in while we continue our work as scholars of color. 

Some of the questions that we would like to address in our panel are:

  • What are some of the discriminatory and racist practices we face as students, faculty, and/or activists within the academic institution?
  • How can we, as scholars of color, navigate through the academic institution and be recognized for our work in the face of these continuous discriminatory practices?
  • What are some of the ways we can resist these policies and practices without sacrificing our positions (graduate students, junior faculty) and careers?

How Do We Apply Psychology to Policy? (Sunday, June 29, 8:45-10:15am)
Chairs: Janice Adelman and Tarika Daftary


  • Carrie Langer
  • Allen Omoto

A workshop event featuring current and former policy fellows.  The discussion will feature the basic question on all SPSSI members minds:  How do I apply my work to policy?  And how do I get the policy-makers to listen?  In addition, attendees will be able to learn an overview of the skills needed to successfully apply our work to policy issues.

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Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin