by Susan Opotow, SPSSI President 2008-2009
SPSSI at 72: Vibrant, Timely, and Effective
It is a pleasure to write you as SPSSI’s 2008-2009 President. I took office at a time when SPSSI is in excellent shape. We are approaching our 75th anniversary as a vital organization that keeps the hopes of its founders alive by addressing a broad range of contemporary social issues with rigor and passion.
During the summer I had the pleasure of meeting new members and seeing colleagues and friends at two SPSSI convention programs. The first, in June, was SPSSI’s 7th Biennial Convention on “Disparities Across the Globe” at beautiful
Through our conferences and publications ? three journals and two book series ? SPSSI enlivens the field by generating theory and empirical findings with policy relevance to a broad array of social issues. Our membership is international and includes senior scholars who have influenced our thinking, mid-career scholars, early career scholars, and students who bring fresh ideas and approaches to social issues. This broad range of members bodes well for SPSSI’s continuing influence in psychology and ability to bring the practicality of theory and research to bear on social issues that are local, national, and global.
Looking ahead to the coming year, SPSSI Council will hold its Midwinter Meeting at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York at the end of January. Council will meet next in early August in
Because the 2009 APA meeting convenes in a multi-ethnic city that addresses contemporary social issues in distinctive and interesting ways,
Looking further ahead, SPSSI will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2011. SPSSI History Task Force Chair Alexandra Rutherford is planning exciting initiatives on SPSSI’s webpage, in publications, and at our 2011 annual meeting to celebrate this milestone.
To conclude my first newsletter column as SPSSI’s President, it is an honor to be at the helm of an organization that remains concerned with social justice and is a vital, creative force in psychology today. I am grateful to the many members whose dedication to SPSSI has resulted in an organization that is structurally and fiscally sound and intellectually lively. These members include recent SPSSI Presidents Beth Shinn, Irene Frieze, and Dan Perlman, current Secretary- Treasurer Sally Shumaker, the current Council, and the many committee members and chairs who serve SPSSI so ably. Member engagement is essential to SPSSI’s vitality, and there are many ways to be involved. The Editors of SPSSI’s publications ? the Journal of Social Issues, ASAP, SIPR, and our authored and edited book series ? urge you to contact them with your ideas for issues, books, and chapters (see http://www.spssi.org for contact information). With this issue, SPSSI returns to its familiar PDF format, Richard Wiener ends an excellent three-year run as Editor, and incoming newsletter Co-editors Naomi Hall and Jonathan Iuzzini are ready to step into this important role.
Our Central Office, led by Executive Director