Diversity Highlights


Undergraduate Mentoring Breakfast, Sponsored byTravel Portland

Friday, March 2, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM, Room (HR) Hanover FG

The Undergraduate Mentoring Breakfast, hosted by the Diversity and Climate Committee, celebrates this year’s winners of the Diversity Fund Undergraduate Registration Awards. Undergraduate award winners will be paired with past Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award winners to share tips and, advice on topics related to research, applying to graduate school networking, and professional development. Continental breakfast will be provided for all participants. *This sessions is by invitation only.*



GASP Mentoring Lunch

Friday, March 2, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, Room (HR) Hanover FG

Co-sponsored by the SPSP Diversity and Climate Committee, this event features volunteer faculty mentors hosting small group discussions of research and professional issues, including LGBT issues in the academic job market, positioning LGBT research for publication, obtaining funding for research on sexual-minority populations, and other diversity and professional development topics. Pre-registration is necessary for this event.


Graduate Diversity Award Winners and Their Admired Scholars Meet-Up

Friday, March 2, 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Room (HR) Regency VII

This event is exclusively for this year’s graduate diversity award winners and their selected admired scholars. This time will be spent to allow time for the grad winners and admired scholars to meet each other prior to the Diversity and Climate Committee Reception.


Diversity Reception

Friday, March 2, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Room (HR) Regency VII

Join the Diversity and Climate Committee for a reception to honor the Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award and Diversity Fund Undergraduate Registration Award winners. This reception brings together graduate and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and senior social and personality psychologists whom they admire, and whose work has influenced their own intellectual development. If you identify as a member of an underrepresented group within the SPSP Annual Convention, or your work focuses on research concerning these groups, join the DCC for drinks and light refreshments! The reception is open to all interested in attending.


Diversity Symposium

The Diversity and Climate Committee sponsors a symposium each year at the SPSP Annual Convention that is closely related to issues of diversity. This year’s Diversity Symposium is the following:

Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion: Building Inclusive Schools and Workplaces

Fri, March 2, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM, Room (HR) Regency VII

Chair: Erika Hall, Emory Univ.

Co-Chair: Sarah Townsend, Univ. of Southern California

Speakers: Tessa Dover, Erika Hall, MarYam Hamedani, Tiffany Brannon

Diversity and inclusion efforts are commonly touted as ways to support underrepresented minorities in schools and workplaces. Although both are necessary, diversity — groups’ numerical representation, is often trumpeted to the exclusion of inclusion — whether groups’ ideas and values are embraced. Our research demonstrates the critical role of inclusion in promoting minority well-being.


Diversity Posters

Posters whose authors have selected the keyword or topic area of diversity to identify their work will be displayed on Thursday, March 1 from 4:30 – 6 PM (Poster Session A) and Friday, March 2 from 2:15 – 3:30 PM (Poster Session E), in the Exhibit Hall, (HR) Grand Hall.


Diversity Fund Travel & Registration Awards

SPSP is committed to increasing diversity within the field of personality and social psychology. As part of this initiative, each year the Diversity and Climate Committee selects exemplary students from the many undergraduate and graduate applicants to receive the Diversity Fund Undergraduate Registration Award and the Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award. Students are eligible if they identify as a member of an underrepresented group in social/personality psychology. Each year the travel award winners include both international and domestic students. For the 2017 awards cycle SPSP was able to provide travel assistance to 99 students - 50 winners of the Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award and 49 winners of the Diversity Fund Undergraduate Registration Award.