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SPSSI Conferences

We hope to see you at SPSSI's 2024 Summer Conference
 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23.
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Frontiers of Justice:
Using Psychological Science to Reinvigorate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In recent years, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts have been under attack in the U.S. and globally, resulting in: bans on transgender health care and transgender people’s participation in civic life, the dismantling of affirmative action in the U.S., challenges to reproductive freedom, and political pushback against critical race theory, as well as diversity education and training more broadly. These attacks adversely affect individuals and communities, particularly those who are already structurally vulnerable. Psychological science is a useful tool to confront attacks on DEI and fight against the misinformation that often fuels these debates. However, psychological science as a field faces challenges that are both internal and external. Namely, those external to the field may believe that the topics we research are overly political and/or unscientific. Within the field, however, the focus on scientific rigor in the wake of the replication crisis may inadvertently exclude or appear exclusionary toward applied and critical work–or even research on social issues more generally. SPSSI and its members stand at the intersection of these conflicts. The focus of this conference is to critically examine these conflicts, broadening notions about what is included in “psychological science,” what is defined as “rigorous,” and what possibilities lie in diversity science that foregrounds concerns with justice.

Introducing the
SPSSI 2024 Summer Conference Co-chairs:

SPSSI 2024 Conference Co-Chair
Germine "Gigi" Awad
University of Michigan
SPSSI 2024 Conference Co-Chair
Sarah Herrmann
Weber State University


Past SPSSI Conferences:

SPSSI presents special programming each year at the APA Convention as well. Find more information here.

We are also proud to join with the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) and with the Society of Australian Social Psychologists (SASP) to co-sponsor small joint meetings on selected topics.