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From our Editor

Sarah Herrmann, Assistant Professor,
Weber State University   

The weather is warming as we approach the end of another semester and the beginning (hopefully) of a return to normalcy, with the promise that all adults will have access to the COVID vaccine in a few short months. However, we will most assuredly continue to feel the effects of the pandemic on unemployment and economic progress, educational setbacks, and the challenges associated with the upcoming changes in our lives. In other ways, we are also continuing in a time of turmoil, including the dramatic increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, and the recent killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. This duality is highlighted in the articles in this edition of The Forward.

Specifically, we highlight recent research from Social Issues and Policy Review, including “Identity Leadership in a Crisis: A 5R Framework for Learning from responses to COVID-19” and “Political Psychology in the Digital (mis)Information age: A Model of News Belief and Sharing.”

Policy Report: New Resources to Assist in LGBTQ+ Advocacy at the State Level  

Sarah Mancoll, SPSSI Policy Director

Policymaking happens at so many different levels. When it comes to an area of policy, such as LGBTQ+ rights, it is therefore important to look not only at what’s happening at the federal level but also what’s happening at the state, local, institutional, and international levels. Case in point: At the federal level, hopes are high that we are nearing another watershed moment for LGBTQ+ rights. In late February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act. As reported by Politico, this "sweeping legislation…would ban discrimination in various areas, including the workplace, housing and education, in addition to federally funded programs. The legislation also would expand the 1964 [Civil Rights] bill to cover public accommodations to include places like shopping malls, sports arenas, and even websites." Although not yet scheduled, a companion bill is expected to be brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote, and President Biden is expected to sign the legislation if it passes the Senate.

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Spring 2021
In This Edition

Editor's Column

From our Editor

Committee Reports

GSC: Promoting Diversity, Critical Dialogue, and Advocacy Skills to Address the Societal Psychosis of Our Times

SPSSI United Nations NGO Committee Report Draws Parallels between COVID-19 and Climate Change from a Psychological Perspective

Policy Report

New Resources to Assist in LGBTQ+ Advocacy at the State Level

Highlighting Recent SIPR Articles

Political Psychology in the Digital (Mis)Information age

Making ‘us’ better: Why and how building social identity has been critical to successful leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond) 

Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize

Same-sex marriage legalization associated with reduced implicit and explicit anti-gay bias

Researchers in the Global South Grants Program

Does Poverty Know No Caste?

The opportunities and the pitfalls of communicating vaccination rates to the public

How Aging Stereotypes, Aging Anxiety, and Social Support Impact the Mental and Physical Health of Middle Age and Older Colombians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants

Mind the (implementation) gap: A critical analysis of police department commitment to community-oriented policing (COP), its implementation process, and outcomes

Early Childhood Expulsion in Illinois Amidst COVID-19

SPSSI Grants-in-Aid

Impact of COVID-19 and Telehealth Care on Immigrant Communities: A Qualitative Study

Understanding Experiences of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter with Youth Participatory Action Research

Forward edited
by Sarah Herrman