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The 2023 SPSSI Graduate Student Committee Preconference Workshop: What They Don't Teach You in Graduate School

Saturday, June 24, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Convention Center (map)

Students - $35  |  Non-Students - $55

As in past years, the SPSSI Graduate Student Committee (GSC) Preconference Workshop will immediately precede the SPSSI Summer Conference, which begins on Sunday, June 25 and ends on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. The theme of the GSC Preconference is “What They Don’t Teach You in Graduate School.” The preconference will cover useful information and practical topics to help graduate students navigate the future of Social Psychology (and the social sciences more broadly) and their careers in the discipline. The preconference is being planned by the GSC in collaboration with SPSSI's Conference Co-Chairs, Executive Committee, and other SPSSI members.

The preconference breakfast will be available from 8:30 - 9:00 am and the programming will begin at 9 am. Programming will end around 4 pm and will be immediately followed by a cocktail reception for all preconference attendees. Breakfast, lunch, materials, and cocktail reception hors d'oeuvres are included as part of the programming and are reflected in the registration fee.


This year's GSC Preconference Workshop features three incredible sessions on the theme of "What They Don't Teach You in Graduate School."

Session: Creating and Maintaining Accessible Syllabi. (Organizer: Rachel Cook) In this session, Dr. Aaron Richmond will help attendees develop their skills and learn about considerations for accessibility in syllabi for the college classroom. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own syllabus so that they can work on incorporating accessibility considerations during the workshop portion of the session.

Session: What I Wish I Had Known... (Organizer: Leslie Dunnigan) In this session, a panel of current students of color in graduate programs throughout the U.S. will share their experiences from the perspective of what they wish they had known before starting graduate school. The session will be followed by a cultural wealth activity through which students can connect with others. Panelists include Melissa Cantua (California State University, Sacramento) and Richard Chang (University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

From Ivory Tower to Glass and Steel Highrise. (Organizer and Presenter: Jacqueline (Jackie) Verrilli) This session is for those considering a job in industry upon completing their Ph.D. Topics covered will include the differences between CVs and resumes, what to expect in the interviewing process, the types of jobs available, starting your own consultancy, and how to find a role with the right fit. This session will include several exercises and there will be takeaway materials.

Questions? Please contact SPSSI GSC Chair Isabelle Clough (