Dr. Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President 2018–19) began her tenure as Board Chair by stating her personal and professional commitment to diversity. To recognize the value of Dr. Domenech Rodriguez’s commitment, Psi Chi held the Diversity Matters Membership Drive in fall 2018. The drive encouraged the induction of all eligible and prospective members to join Psi Chi.
It is important that all students who are eligible for membership, regardless of background or ideology, become members. Psi Chi is proud to say that this drive was successful. Not only does Psi Chi proudly boast a diverse membership. Psi Chi Membership induction numbers were up for the first time in the past five years!
Psi Chi has chosen to recognize six schools, one in each region, that went above and beyond in their induction efforts last fall. The smallest increase for one of these six chapters was 267% over that chapter’s previous 2017 fall inductions, and the highest chapter increase was 1,600%.
Psi Chi would like to extend congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Fall Diversity Matters Membership Drive! These schools attained the highest percentage increase of inducted members in their region in fall 2018 over fall 2017:
- Colgate University
- Liberty University
- Purdue University Northwest
- Texas A&M University – San Antonio
- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
- University of Nevada, Reno
For their efforts, Psi Chi would like to recognize these six schools and will be sending their Faculty Advisors $50 as a gift that they can use in the Psi Chi Store. We would also like to share a personal thank you from Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodriguez: “Thank you so much for your efforts in increasing diversity in Psi Chi during the 2018 Diversity Drive. Your efforts were among the most notable in the nation!
Inviting all eligible members of Psi Chi to become members of the organization is critical in ensuring that our top students are recognized for their efforts and empowered to continue excelling in the field. In turn, a diverse membership brings their multiplicity of life experiences, values, beliefs, and practices. This diversity in our individual members makes Psi Chi richer and stronger for all of our members. Thank you for your contributions and for your commitment to Psi Chi!”
The success of the Diversity Matters Psi Chi Membership Drive is important for many reasons, not the least being that Psi Chi works to professionally support, offer mentoring opportunities, and provide monetary benefits to our members via our awards, grants, and scholarships programs. It shows us that students of all walks of life wish to join the largest, student-based, psychological organization in the world.
Psi Chi would like to thank all those who participated in the drive. And again, to congratulate our winning schools. Now, in Psi Chi’s 89th year, it is still more important than ever to recognize that our members are what make Psi Chi a truly special organization. Thank you for all that you do for Psi Chi!