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SPSSI's May 2018 Policy Update


Above: Learn more about the 2018 LGBTQ Advocacy Workshop

Policy Opportunities at SPSSI

Register for the Pre-Convention LGBTQ Advocacy Workshop - Wednesday, 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. Registration is $35 for students and $75 for non-students. Breakfast and snacks are included.

Register for SPSSI's next policy webinar on human rights and migration - Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 3-4 pm ET (12-1 pm PT). The Graduate Student Committee is pleased to present the next policy-focused webinar, which will feature a presentation by Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, M.Sc. of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. This webinar will focus on the multifaceted drivers of distress migration—the increasingly hazardous and protracted movement of populations in need of protection, opportunity, or escape options—the legal and political gaps in our current system of migration and refugee management, the dramatic human rights violations at issue, and current international moves to address these shortcomings.

Register for SPSSI's 2018 Policy Workshop - Thursday, June 28, 2018. 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.



Above: Congressional Black Caucus members introduce the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018. Photo credit:

Policy News from the United States


Featured: APA Provides Recommendations to Congress on Combatting the Opioid Crisis


Featured: Congresswoman Foxx renews her push for the House to consider her higher education bill, H.R. 4508


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Above: Internally displaced refugees in north Darfur. Photo credit: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam



Policy News from Around the World

Call for responses: United Nations Report on Development and Human Rights - Responses due June 1, 2018

United Nations adopts action plan to address needs of internally displaced people

United Nations using various approaches to secure information on human rights violations in Myanmar

United Nations blames Facebook for spreading hatred of Rohingya

View webinar: Using outcome harvesting to assess efforts to reduce child, early and forced marriages in India

New report from Physicians for Human Rights details attacks on healthcare in Syria

Above: The U.S. Child Poverty Action Group has created a variety of resources to help guide local, state, and national policy discussions




Additional Resources and Opportunities

Call for Ideas: Misinformation Solutions Forum at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC - Submissions due May 31, 2018

Upcoming meeting on human rights and campus culture at the American Association for the Advancement of Science - July 12-13, 2018

How Congress uses science in policymaking - A new report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

From Scientific American: What's It Like to Be Queer in STEM? A nationwide project is surveying the experiences of LGBTQ+ scientists to find out

National Science Foundation releases report on national initiative to enhance diversity and inclusion across the STEM workforce

Where does your child care dollar go? Understanding the true cost of quality early childhood education - A report from the Center for American Progress

From The New York Times Magazine: Why America’s Black mothers and babies are in a life-or-death crisis

Association of American Colleges and Universities releases statement on destigmatizing past criminal justice involvement

U.S. Child Poverty Action Group releases new resources for policymakers, the public

National Academies releases discussion paper on the interdependence of families, communities, and children’s health, policy implications

New Zealand's Youth Justice Transformation: Lessons for the United States - a report from the National Juvenile Justice Network

Brady Campaign releases annual report on the National Rifle Association

Institute for College Access & Success releases new fact sheets on student debt and financial aid