2018 SPSSI Conference Announcement: Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology
We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 SPSSI conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, June 29 - July 1, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. While Pittsburgh today is known for its world class art museums, prestigious universities, and multicultural cuisines, the bridges of Pittsburgh are unparalleled in their uniqueness and beauty. Our conference theme “Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology” is a celebration of Pittsburgh’s feat of design and science, inspiring us to continue extending ourselves, and reaching out to one another, in service of social justice goals. Despite compounding national and international challenges to human rights, we can make progress towards ending racism, sexism, and other social ills if we unite, resist, and persist.
SPSSI’s mission is to support us in this endeavor—using research to address critical social and economic issues through policy, practice, and advocacy. These issues run the gamut from sexual violence, to wealth inequality, to white supremacy, to gun violence, to climate change. Lives hang in the balance. We urge you to join us, along with psychologists from every subdiscipline, in developing solutions to these urgent issues. Hear from psychologists who are successfully collaborating with policy makers to increase people’s access to services and justice. Learn about pedagogical strategies for addressing partisan issues in the classroom. Meet psychologists who share your vision for a socially responsible and accountable psychology, in which diverse and interdisciplinary approaches are valued and used to expedite progress.
We are working hard to facilitate innovative and transformational symposia, interactive discussions, and presentations that will empower new streams of work and reinvigorate flagging ones (and overtaxed researchers!). We are also working with community groups in Pittsburgh to provide programming that has local impacts and insights. One confirmed highlight of the conference will be the integration of the I am Psyched! Exhibit Tour- a multimedia pop-up exhibit on the contributions of women of color in psychology. We intend to pair this exhibit with a public panel of women of color psychologists, who will discuss their own experiences and accomplishments for an audience including women and girls of color in the local community. There will also be programming brought to you by the Early Career Scholars, Diversity, Internationalization, and Graduate Student Committees. Submissions to the conference are now open, and will be closed on December 20th, 2017: http://www.spssi.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=2189&nodeID=1
While at the conference, we encourage you to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s many attractions. Nature lovers will appreciate the Phipps Conservatory, art aficionados shouldn’t miss the Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History—ranked among the top five natural history museums in the United States—is less than 4 miles from the conference hotel. Information on conference registration and conference hotel reservations is coming soon. We can’t wait to see you there!
Asia and Jason