Goodbye 2015! Hello 2016 (aka. year-of-the-convention)!

This December has flown by! Not surprisingly, given how this academic year has been so far. I just wanted to drop in for a quick update about two exciting endeavors that are underway.

The first is my position on the APAGS Convention Committee (read more about this here on their website) for 2015-2017. I’m still a little bit awed to be part of such a large project and help make convention awesome/useful/fun/informative for so many grad students! It’s really exciting. Earlier this month I was in Washington at the APA headquarters to meet with the team and start planning the programs for the 2016 convention in Denver, CO. My fellow committee members are Julio Brionez and Lora Henderson (newbies like me), Kathryn Haynes Owen and Stephanie Winkeljohn Black (returning members) and our fearless and benevolent leader, Kelly Lee. Heading up our meeting and acting as tour/life guide extraordinaire was APAGS Associate Executive Director Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury, as well as Heather Dade, Senior Manager (Convention, Communications and Governance) and Eddy Ameen, APAGS Assistant Director. A thank you is also owed to Ritu Verma, Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, who managed to get us all there on time and in one piece (and fed! Which is a feat if you’ve ever been around a gaggle of hungry grad students). The pictures below (of us hard-at-work, then hard-at-play) are courtesy of APAGS (APAGS Instagram, APAGS Facebook page, APAGS Tweets!):

Dec 2015 convention committee 2

Dec 2016 convention committee dinner

APAGS team at dinner.

As part of this position, I’ll also be writing guest posts on the GradPsych blog so I’ll link to those when they’re posted.

This year I will also be a returning member on the Feminist Research Group’s conference planning committee. The theme of the 2016 FRG conference is Intersectionality and Identity Politics and I would encourage any grad students that are involved in anti-oppression work to consider submitting a proposal to present at the conference. The format this year will be the same as last year – panel presentations during the day at the University of Windsor followed by a poster session/social hour at the Green Bean Cafe next to campus. I’ll post the call for papers as soon as we finalize it, so keep an eye out for that.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all a happy new year. See you in 2016!!!