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Western Regional Convention
 
 

2019 WPA Convention
April 25–28, 2019 | Pasadena Center | Pasadena, CA

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Taking Care of Ourselves One Revolution at a Time: Using Psychology for Justice in Turbulent Times

As political and social contexts reflect more explicit discriminatory and oppressive practices, the need for psychologists to practice social justice at various ecological levels has reached a critical need. Specifically, psychologists are increasingly being called to engage in their role as advocates and change agents to counterbalance these oppressive practices. This presentation will address liberation and well-being as central tools for attendees to use in a psychology that center cultural humility, wellness, and social justice. By the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to demonstrate the following: (a) compare at least two ways that they can utilize tenets of social justice within psychology to promote well being in their respective environments, and (b) identify at least one way that they want to more deeply engage their identity as advocates for historically marginalized communities. The presenter will encourage the attendees' meeting of three goals through interactive dialogue, small group discussion, and engaged learning.

Theodore Burnes, PhD
Los Angeles Gender Center

 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Psi Chi Poster Session
8:00–9:15 a.m. | Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Elizabeth L. Campbell (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President, Whitworth University)

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Taking Care of Ourselves One Revolution at a Time: Using Psychology for Justice in Turbulent Times
 
10:30–11:30 a.m. | Ballroom A
Speaker: Theodore Burnes (Los Angeles Gender Center)
Chair: Kyla Rankin (University of California, Riverside)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Psi Chi Diversity Speaker 
How Can I Advance Diversity and Inclusion?

9:00–10:00 a.m. | Conference Center 106
Speaker: Melanie Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President, Utah State University)
Chair: Elizabeth L. Campbell (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President, Whitworth University)

Racism is a social problem yet it is negotiated between individuals on a daily basis. Am I racist? Did I just commit a microaggression? Am I culturally appropriating something? The advances in scholarship in the area of prejudice and prejudice reduction can be exciting to academics that are well-versed in this topic, but can be dizzying to college students who are trying to be their best possible selves and acquire the most benefits from their education. Students concerned that they are mis-stepping across cultural lines may opt to avoid intercultural contact altogether, potentially missing out on a critical benefit of higher education. The speaker will provide some important information and recommendations for moving toward intercultural exchanged in a time of heightened anxiety.

Psi Chi Career Speaker 
How to Forge a Meaningful Career: Lessons From Psychological Science

10:30–11:30 a.m. | Conference Center 106
Speaker: Bryan Dik (Colorado State University)
Chair: Kyla Rankin (University of California, Riverside)

Most of us have invested years of our lives pursuing a college degree because we want a career that offers more than just a paycheck—we want our work and lives to matter.  For decades, psychologists have studied career development generally and meaningful work specifically.  What lessons can we learn from this research as we build career paths that allow us to use our gifts in ways that make the world better? This presentation offers specific, evidence-based, actionable strategies to forge a meaningful career path.

Psi Chi Grad School Session
Tips for Getting Into and Surviving Graduate School

12:00–1:30 p.m. | Conference Center 106
Panelists: Jill Yamashita (California State University, Monterey Bay), Kyla Rankin (University of California, Riverside), and Elizabeth L. Campbell (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President, Whitworth University)
Chair: Elizabeth L. Campbell (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President, Whitworth University)

The panel of speakers with distinct graduate experiences will provide insight about getting into and succeeding in graduate school. Talks will cover a range of topics including suggestions for finding the right program, making the best application, faculty tips for success in graduate school, and life as a graduate student. Ample time will be provided for questions from the audience.

Psi Chi Chapter Exchange
1:45–3:15 p.m. | Conference Center 106
Host: Elizabeth L. Campbell (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President, Whitworth University)

Psi Chi annually hosts a chapter exchange for chapters in the Western Region to share their activities and experiences with other chapters. Each chapter at the exchange will be encouraged to speak for about 5 minutes about their goals and activities for the year.

Psi Beta and Psi Chi Networking
3:30–5:00 p.m. | Conference Center 106
Chair: Kimberley Duff (Cerritos College)

Psi Beta and Psi Chi students and alumni are encouraged to attend this networking event and share their experiences. Faculty advisors are welcome to attend. Psi Chi President, Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, will introduce her presidential initiative to increase diversity among Psi Chi chapters. Students will have the opportunity to meet with students at their respective transfer institutions and form bonds with students across chapters. This inaugural collaboration event serves to facilitate the transfer of students from Psi Beta to Psi Chi and allows Psi Chi chapters to mentor incoming students. 

 

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Bethy Campbell, PhD
Whitworth University
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