A MESSAGE FROM SPSSI PRESIDENT WENDY R. WILLIAMS TO SPSSI MEMBERS IN RESPONSE TO THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE
To what extent can we as members of a society enjoy richly lived experiences when the public spaces that enable us to come together are the same spaces that make us vulnerable to acts of great violence? As we saw in Las Vegas this past Sunday evening—and as we have seen countless times before—violence perpetuated by one person can directly destroy the lives of many others and shatter the sense of safety for many more.
POLICY NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES AT SPSSI
Resources Related to Gun Violence
In response to the Pulse nightclub massacre in June of 2016, SPSSI created a webpage to host related resources, including the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy in Orlando Syllabus and a SPSSI Virtual Issue entitled "Toward an Understanding of the Orlando Massacre."
SPSSI Responds to Congressional Leadership in Wake of Charlottesville
In late September of 2017, SPSSI leaders thanked a bipartisan group of six U.S. Senators who introduced and advocated for the passage of Joint Resolution 49, which condemns white supremacist groups and hate-based violence—as seen in Charlottesville, Virginia in early August of 2017—and calls on the Federal government to do more to address white supremacist groups and hate-based violence. The Joint Resolution was passed unanimously in both chambers and signed into law.
Register Now: Next SPSSI Policy Webinar on Friday, October 20 at 12 pm Eastern
The SPSSI Graduate Student Committee is pleased to present its next policy webinar, which will be hosted by Graduate Student Committee Chair Ashley Weinberg of York University and feature a presentation by Scott Denning of Colorado State University. The topic is "Simple, Serious, and Solvable: The Three S’s of Climate Change." This webinar is free and open to everyone, including SPSSI members and non-members, graduate students and non-graduate students.
SPSSI Joins Coalition in Calling for APA Board of Educational Affairs to Develop Guidelines for Addressing Psychology Programs at Non-affirming Faith-based Colleges and Universities
In August of 2017, SPSSI joined other psychology stakeholder groups in calling for the APA Board of Educational Affairs to develop guidelines addressing concerns about psychology programs at non-affirming faith-based colleges and universities that, due to religious convictions, explicitly or tacitly discriminate against students, faculty, and staff on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or religion.
NEW Call for Proposals: Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants
SPSSI is now inviting proposals for the Fall 2017 cycle of Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants. This grant initiative aims to influence policy at the local and state levels through applied research, increase the availability of policy opportunities for SPSSI members who are interested in applied research, and encourage younger scholars to become more involved in SPSSI. Up to three grants, at up to $2,000 each, will be awarded in this cycle. Groups that previously applied for this grant are encouraged to reapply, as are groups outside of the U.S. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2017.
NEWS IN U.S. POLICY
NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY
Call for Papers: Upcoming Conference February 9-11, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights. The theme is “Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity” and the deadline for abstracts is October 20, 2017
OTHER EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES, AND RESOURCES OF INTEREST