Friends and family members of Jenessa Shapiro are
currently matching all gifts made towards SPSP diversity initiatives. Please
consider honoring Jenessa’s memory by helping us raise $25,000 to meet the
match. SPSP is very honored to have the potential to commit $50,000 to
diversity and inclusion in the field in the memory of Jenessa Shapiro.
Our Diversity Travel Awards support a myriad of students of different backgrounds, including students of color, LGBT+, students with a disability, and first generation college students attend our annual convention. To further diversify our field and give voices to students of underrepresented backgrounds, this award is a significant step to ensuring all have a place in Personality and Social Psychology.
The Diversity Travel Awards are a crucial step in supporting the future leaders of Personality and Social Psychology. Rebecca Covarrubias, a recipient of the award and now mentor to graduate and undergraduate students in psychology, notes the reward was critical to her own professional development as a student.
"Receiving the Diversity Graduate Travel Award is a great honor. As a Latina scholar from a low-income, first-generation background, the opportunity to connect with other diverse scholars and mentors at the conference and to be financially supported in this endeavor was critical for my personal and professional development. Navigating SPSP can feel overwhelming for a beginning graduate student, especially for a student from backgrounds similar to my own. This kind of program sends the message that I belong and have a space in this community. As a faculty member now, I encourage my own students to apply so that they can share a similar experience, and so that we continue to expand our networks and representations of diverse scholars within psychology."
Our Diversity Travel Awards support many of our field’s future leaders. You may read more about our diversity and inclusion initiatives or consider making a small gift today to support underrepresented students in the field personality and social psychology.
If you are interested in applying for a Diversity Travel Award, please review our Travel Awards FAQ page.