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Frontiers of Justice:
Using Psychological Science to
Reinvigorate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In recent years, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts have been under attack in the U.S. and globally, resulting in: bans on transgender health care and transgender people’s participation in civic life, the dismantling of affirmative action in the U.S., challenges to reproductive freedom, and political pushback against critical race theory, as well as diversity education and training more broadly. These attacks adversely affect individuals and communities, particularly those who are already structurally vulnerable. Psychological science is a useful tool to confront attacks on DEI and fight against the misinformation that often fuels these debates.

However, psychological science as a field faces challenges that are both internal and external. Namely, those external to the field may believe that the topics we research are overly political and/or unscientific. Within the field, however, the focus on scientific rigor in the wake of the replication crisis may inadvertently exclude or appear exclusionary toward applied and critical work–or even research on social issues more generally. SPSSI and its members stand at the intersection of these conflicts. The focus of this conference is to critically examine these conflicts, broadening notions about what is included in “psychological science,” what is defined as “rigorous,” and what possibilities lie in diversity science that foregrounds concerns with justice.

2024 Conference Full Program Available here:

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2024 SPSSI Summer Conference Keynote Speakers


Psychology and Racial Justice: Dismantling Color-blind Racial Ideology and Advancing Healing among People of Color

Dr. Helen A. Neville
Professor, Educational Psychology and African American Studies 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

President Society of Counseling Psychology





The Imagined Woman Driving Abortion Attitudes: Weaving Experimental and Qualitative Perspectives to Reveal Racist Habits of Mind

Dr. Sara McClelland
Associate Professor, Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies
University of Michigan



SPSSI Presidential Address
Intersectionality and Fascism: Harnessing Critical Psychology to Disarm Weapons of Mass Destruction

Dr. Patrick Grzanka
President, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Divisional Dean for Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology, The University of Tennessee



2024 Kurt Lewin Award Recipient
A Renaissance of Social Relevance: Maximizing Insights and the Impact of Psychological Research

Dr. Linda Tropp
Professor of Social Psychology
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

University of Massachusetts, Amherst



Conference Hotel Information

Philadelphia Marriott Old City One Dock Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

SPSSI's Room Block is Open!  This Summer's conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Old City. Our block is very close to selling out!  We have a very limited number of rooms available until June 9th at a discounted group rate of $219, subject to availability.  Questions about reservations?  Contact 

Preconference Workshops

The 2024 SPSSI Policy Preconference Workshop:
Campaigning for Justice: Skills and Strategies to Advance Policies Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, June 20

The 2024 SPSSI Graduate Student Committee Preconference Workshop:
The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - and How Accessibility and Retention are Often Left Out 
Thursday, June 20

The Committee on Academic Feminist Psychology
4th Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists
Tuesday, June 18 - Thursday, June 20, 2024

Teaching and Mentoring Conference Events

  • 2024 SPSSI Teaching Award Winners Symposium
    Friday, June 21 at 11:30 a.m.
    Come be inspired as award winners briefly present their work, followed by an open discussion of teaching.

  • 2024 Mentoring Session: An Open Q&A Forum for Students 
    Saturday, June 22 at 9:10 a.m.
    Undergraduate and Graduate Students can ask psychology faculty presenters questions about navigating their educational journey.

  • 2024 Social Justice Teaching: Discussion with SPSSI Teaching Grant Recipients Saturday, June 22 at 3:20 p.m.
    Come learn about grants, awards, and resources SPSSI provides to support and recognize justice-oriented teaching and mentoring.


Read the SPSSI Code of Conduct
Policy and Procedures

There is lots to do in Philadelphia!

Ride The Big Bus so you can get off and on all day and really see Philly!  Here are some other links to the Visitors Center, Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, etc.

Visitors Center:

Big Bus & Philadelphia Trolley Works:

Other tours worth checking out:

Restaurants and more!

Click here for a guide to restaurants in Philadelphia and even more things to do.

SPSSI's 2024 Summer Conference Co-Chairs:

SPSSI 2024 Conference Co-Chair
Germine "Gigi" Awad
University of Michigan
SPSSI 2024 Conference Co-Chair
Sarah Herrmann
Weber State University

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!





Past SPSSI Conferences:

SPSSI presents special programming each year at the APA Convention as well. Find more information here.