Perhaps the busiest people in governance right now, aside from our tremendous Central Office staff, are the co-chairs of our two upcoming conferences – David Livert and Demis Glasford for the 2012 SPSSI Biennial Convention in Charlotte, NC, on June 22 -24; and Sean Massey and Justin Hackett for the SPSSI/Division 9 program at the 2012 APA Convention in Orlando, FL, August 2-5. Calls for papers for both conferences have gone out and more details are elsewhere in the newsletter, but I encourage all of you to consider attending one or both of these important meetings.
Could there be a more exciting time to be in Charlotte, NC, than this coming summer? The Democratic National Convention will be held there in August, and the city is in full preparation mode. SPSSI’s Biennial will be held in the center of the city, in the beautiful Omni Hotel. I have a brochure that lists 101 things to do in Charlotte (besides attend the SPSSI Conference), and a few that might be of interest to SPSSI members include visits to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Mint Museum’s Craft and Design collection, Mert’s Heart and Soul, or perhaps, the Nascar Hall of Fame.
The Biennial program, “Learning from and for Research, Social Action, and Policy,” will highlight the best of social justice research and practice. We have a number of special events planned, including the screening of several powerful films linked with academic panels, an Early Career Scholars Workshop and Teaching Workshop the day prior to the conference, special attention to global collective action, and Presidential-themed content on Education, Equity, and the Environment. In support of this environmental programming, we’ve been granted an interdivisional grant from APA which we jointly submitted with Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology), to bring environmentally-focused speakers to SPSSI and to encourage SEPCP members to attend as well.
Please get in touch if you are interested in learning more about SPSSI activities or becoming more involved in SPSSI governance. Nominate yourself or your colleagues. See you in Charlotte!!!