APA Provides Advocacy Training For Division 27 Members
On February 9, 2011, PI-GRO hosted a Capitol Hill Day for the executive committee of Division 27 (The Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology). The event featured a federal advocacy training which provided an overview of APA Government Relations, the federal policymaking process, and how psychologists can effectively inform policymakers.
In addition, participants received a briefing related to a key policy issue of concern to APA and the Division, the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). PI-GRO staff were joined by the co-chairs of the CEDAW Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (of which APA is a member) to field questions regarding how to most effectively educate Senators and their staff about the importance of U.S. ratification of CEDAW.
Immediately following the training, division members headed to Capitol Hill for scheduled visits with their respective Senate offices to advocate for prompt action on CEDAW. In all, the group visited the offices of fourteen U.S. Senators and offered the distinctive perspective of psychologists on this pressing issue before the U.S. Senate.