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SPSSI's March 2018 Policy Update




Above: Policy webinar presenters Noelle Malvar (top) and Gina Roussos (bottom)

Policy Opportunities at SPSSI

Register Now: SPSSI's Next Policy Webinar on "Merging Academic Research & Policy Work While in Grad School." Join SPSSI graduate student members Noelle Malvar (City University of New York) and Gina Roussos (Yale University) on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 1-2 pm Eastern (10-11 am Pacific) for a discussion on the ins and outs of exploring and pursuing policy opportunities. This webinar is being organized by the SPSSI Graduate Student Committee, will be facilitated by Committee Chair Ashley Weinberg (York University), and will be posted to SPSSI's YouTube channel after it airs.

Register for SPSSI's 2018 Policy Workshop. As in past years, SPSSI will be hosting a Policy Workshop immediately preceding the June conference. This year's workshop will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 9 am - 3 pm at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and the theme is "Bringing Research to Policy: Building A Social Media Presence." Registration is only $25 for students and $50 for non-students, and meals are included.

Register Now: Psychology Day at the United Nations. Join SPSSI and the Psychology Coalition at the UN on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 3-6 pm for this annual event, which takes place at the UN Headquarters in New York. This year's Psychology Day, "Climate Change: Psychological Interventions Promoting Mitigation and Adaptation," features presentations by past SPSSI President Susan Clayton (The College of Wooster) and SPSSI member Paul Stern (Social and Environmental Research Institute). Register before midnight on Sunday, April 1, 2018 to attend in person.

Save the Date: LGBTQ Advocacy Pre-convention Workshop - Tuesday, August 8, 2018. Please join SPSSI and the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44) for a one-day workshop immediately preceding the 2018 APA Convention in San Francisco. Pre-registration will open in April.


Above: A scene from SPSSI's most recent congressional seminar


SPSSI at the Intersection of Research & Policy


Watch Now: SPSSI's Congressional Seminar on the Psychological Effects of Genocide. On March 9, 2018, SPSSI hosted a congressional seminar with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt of Clark University. The event included attendees from U.S. House and Senate personal and committee offices, in addition to professionals from the not-for-profit and advocacy communities.


SPSSI Joins Statement Condemning Ongoing Persecution of Turkish Colleagues. In February of 2018, SPSSI joined with the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and other social science associations in expressing deep concern about current threats to academic freedom in Turkey for signatories of the 2016 "Peace Petition." The statement calls on Turkish authorities to immediately stop legal proceedings against signatories and to reinstate academics to their university positions. Visit this ISPP webpage to access additional information and resources on this issue. 


SPSSI Issues Public Comment on Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. In February of 2018, SPSSI submitted a public comment on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. The comment focuses on the importance of preserving U.S. federal student aid programs, including grants, loans, Work-Study, income-driven repayment plans, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. 


Above: Costa Ricans wait in line to vote in the county's pre-runoff 2018 presidential election. Photo credit: Dereck Camacho

News in Policy

The U.S. Congress reached a big budget deal last week for the 2018 fiscal year. Here are a few highlights:

From The Guardian: University Staff Across the UK are Striking to Preserve Their Pensions and, More Broadly, Public Investment in Higher Education

From The New York Times: Cambridge Analytica Had a Role in the Kenya Election, Too

From Newsweek: In Costa Rica, the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage Dominates the 2018 Presidential Election

UN Advisory Committee Calls for Input on How Development Contributes to the Enjoyment of Human Rights - Responses Due June 1, 2018

Above: A recently released report from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences on perceptions of science in America



Additional Policy Resources

From The Hill: Record Number of Scientists Running for Office in 2018

New Report from CLASP Looks at Immigration Policy's Effects on Young Children

New Report from CLASP Looks at Immigration Policy's Effects on Early Care and Education

New Bipartisan Policy Center Report Explores Strategies for Promoting Healthy Nutrition through Public Programs and Policies

Amnesty International's New Report Shows that Online Abuse of Women Thrives as Twitter Fails to Respect Women’s Rights

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Releases New Report on Perceptions of Science in America

From COSSA's Blog: Why Social Science? Because it Produces Essential Data for Our Democracy