Celebrating Psi Chi From A–Z
As we celebrate Psi Chi's 90th Anniversary year of excellence in psychology, we want to share with you 26 unique things, from A to Z, that make Psi Chi special.
Twenty-six Unique Ways
Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie
Psi Chi Executive Director (2004–08)
Psi Chi’s 90th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s beginnings, recognize the leaders who guided Psi Chi to its current success, applaud all that Psi Chi currently offers to members, and ensure that Psi Chi’s legacy continues in the future. By donating to Psi Chi’s annual giving campaign, members help Psi Chi expand the awards, grants, scholarships, leadership opportunities, and resources that encourage and support psychology’s future leaders. Furthermore, increasing Psi Chi’s financial resources helps the organization establish new programs that transcend the academic and career environments and help members develop important life skills that will serve them well regardless of the career they pursue.
Psi Chi partners with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.
Our partnership with Born This Way Foundation will challenge you to spread kindness. The #BeKind21 Challenge runs September 1–21. Please read item C below to discover how Psi Chi is encouraging chapter involvement this fall.
Continue to spread kindness as you take part in the Psi Chi Fall 2019 Chapter Challenge.
The Psi Chi Chapter Challenge is a way student members can fundraise on behalf of Psi Chi via their chapter fundraising team. We encourage you to take part in the #BeKind21 Challenge and then use that momentum to spur your fundraising efforts to support ALL Psi Chi member programs. The Chapter Challenge will officially run November 1–December 3, but you can get started today!
Giving Back to Psi Chi means gifts of service and financial donations!
Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodríguez
Psi Chi Past President
Challenge yourself out of your comfort zone! Psychological research shows that contact with people that are different from you can reduce prejudice. The best way to nip implicit biases in the bud is to be proactive! Put yourself in new situations, be open to learning from others, and make meaningful positive contact. These exchanges are good for all of us. Sometimes being an “outsider” allows for seeing and naming things that are otherwise taken for granted.
Seeing and naming
90 Years of Excellence in Psychology Campaign
The former and current Psi Chi Executive Directors, respectively Drs. Virginia Andreoli Mathie and Martha S. Zlokovich, would like to applaud all of our chapter, regional, national, and international leaders for the time and effort they devote to enhancing the educational experience of our members. Psi Chi leadership also offers rewards such as the satisfaction of initiating projects the leader values and bringing them to fruition, the gratification of mentoring others, and the opportunity to augment their marketable skills. We encourage you to pursue a leadership role as a chapter officer or advisor, a regional vice-president or committee member, or an international committee member.
Dr. Florence Denmark
Distinguished Research Professor
Psi Chi Past President (1978–80)
Psi Chi Distinguished Member
Psi Chi looks beyond having a certain type of member and warmly invites students of all identities and backgrounds to apply. By committing to diversity, you can enrich your discussions, meetings, and chapter as a whole. An organization is more powerful when comprised of individuals from different backgrounds and celebrates these different points of view. Reach out to your classmates and invite all eligible students to apply for membership.
Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award
Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung
Psi Chi President (2019–20)
Dr. Regan A.R. Gurung wishes Psi Chi a Happy 90th Birthday. View his Presidential video message here to learn how you can help support 90 more years.
You too can Give Back to Psi Chi safely and securely at donate.psichi.org. Your gift will ensure 90 more years of both recognizing and promoting excellence in psychology.
In September, Psi Chi partnered with Born This Way Foundation, as founded by Lady Gaga and Cynthia Germanotta. We promoted the #BeKind21 Challenge which ran from September 1–21 to our membership.
According to the Born This Way Foundation: “#BeKind21 is an opportunity for individuals and communities to build and practice habits of kindness—towards themselves and to each other while fostering the mental and emotional wellness that is critical to a healthy, thriving life.”
The Science of Kindness
Studies have found that being in the habit of kindness can:
Boost happiness (Dunn, Aknin, & Norton 2008) and increase feelings of self-worth and calmness while decreasing feelings of depression (UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center).
As part of Psi Chi’s promotion of service, we feel that even though the #BeKindChallenge ended on September 21, the need to spread kindness never ends. Therefore, we challenge you to take or retake the #BeKind21 Challenge! View our calendar and challenge yourself to spread kindness! Let’s all get in the habit of being kind. Post your acts of kindness on your social media pages and include #BeKind21!
Psi Chi is celebrating its 10th year as the International Honor Society in Psychology. Our first international chapter was chartered as an affiliate chapter in 2003 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Executive Director Virginia Andreoli Mathie worked to bring on both the next two international chapters, in Ireland and Puerto Rico. Since then, ED Martha S. Zlokovich and Associate Director of Membership and Development Lisa Norman have worked to charter 24 international chapters in 17 countries/U.S. territories. Our international chapters expand the diversity of our society and bring unique and important contributions to the Psi Chi community. We encourage your chapter to reach out and partner with a Psi Chi chapter in another country to share programming, research or presentation ideas.
Psi Chi is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.