PI-GRO Recaps 2012 APA Annual Convention Activities

Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) Annual Breakfast

CEMA held its annual breakfast during the 120th APA Annual Convention with the theme of "Racial/Ethnic Profiling and Other Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Law and Security Enforcement Activities." PI-GRO helped to secure the participation of the guest speaker, Gilbert Moore, Deputy Director of the Community Resources Service of the Department of Justice (DoJ). Mr. Moore discussed his efforts at DoJ to work with communities to identify and manage cases of racial profiling.

Congressional Fellowship

As part of the APA-wide Congressional Fellowship Program, PI-GRO staff engaged in a number of activities highlighting this unique opportunity for psychologists. This included a booth in the convention center exhibition hall and a symposium, during which the 2011-2012 APA Congressional and Executive Branch science fellows talked about their experiences over the last year in government.

Division Meetings

PI-GRO staff met with numerous division executive committees and other leadership meetings to provide issue updates and seek guidance and input on ongoing and new advocacy activities.

Military Psychology Conversation Hour

APA’s Public Interest and Science Government Relations Offices worked with the Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) to bring psychologists together for a conversation hour on military issues. Division 19 past president Rebecca Porter, PhD, played a key roll in organizing and executing this important event, which was attended by 2012 APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson.