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.
|SPSSI 2024 Conference Co-Chair |
Germine "Gigi" Awad
University of Michigan
|SPSSI 2024 Conference Co-Chair |
Weber State University
Past SPSSI Conferences:
- 2023:Transforming Our World: Using Research and Action to Address (In)Visible Wounds
- 2022: Reenergizing Ourselves and Our Communities: Connections Across Borders and Barriers (Revitalizándonos y Nuestras Comunidades: Conexiones a través de Fronteras y Barreras)
- 2021: Changing the System: Social Research and Action to Reshape the World We Live In
- 2020: "Making the Invisible Visible: Transformative Research and Social Action"
- 2019: "Fighting injustice: The power of research, policy, and activism in challenging times"
- 2018: "Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology"
- 2017: “Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz” (Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace)
- 2016: Giving psychology away: Sharing research through teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public engagement
- 2015: A Road Less Traveled: Forging Links Between Psychological Science and Social Policy
- 2014: Social Action and Change: Opportunities, Resistance, Inertia, and Mobilization
- 2012: Changing Societies: Learning From & For Research, Social Action & Policy
- 2010: From Individuals to Nation States: What Motivates, Sustains...
- 2008: Disparities Across the Globe: Place, Race, Class, Ethnicity & Gender
- 2006: Social Justice: Research, Action, and Policy
- 2004: From Desegregation to Diversity
- 2002: Understanding and Addressing Disparities: International Approaches
- 2000: Social issues for the 21st Century: Setting the Agenda
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.