2019 Spring Address from your Student Affairs Committee Chair
The Student Affairs Committee has had an exciting year thus far. We have hosted two webinars and have several more in the works, including an updated HPSP webinar. We are also in the process of finalizing programming details for the 2019 APA Convention in Chicago, IL (August 8-11). I hope that those of you who are planning on attending the convention this year make some time for our Division 19 events. We will have several presentations, mentorship opportunities, and socials available to our members and their friends and family. Look for more details related to the APA Convention this summer!
Aside from our upcoming plans, I also have some exciting news for our student affiliates. During the annual Midyear Meeting of the Executive Committee (EXCOM) in February, it was unanimously decided that affiliates (including students) should procure voting rights within the division. This is a HUGE step for our students and this level of representation is something we have been advocating for, as our students make up ONE-THIRD of Division 19 membership! I hope many of you take advantage of the opportunity to vote and engage in a more active role withiin the division.
The election for selecting new leaders within our division starts today! Affiliates who have paid their 2019 dues should receive a ballot by midnight tonight (04/23) – if you do not, please contact APA Elections Director, Garnett Coad (email@example.com). You can read about candidates for all open positions here: https://www.militarypsych.org/vote.html. Some candidates have their own websites with additional information, so be sure to check that out as well. If you’d like more information on the platforms for the candidates running for the President-Elect position, consider viewing our Town Hall meeting hosted by our current President-Elect, Dr. Eric Surface. You can find that recording on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/cQJrH43KtdI
As our student membership continues to expand, I want to encourage students who are interested in getting more involved to consider applying for a campus representative position. Campus representatives serve as our point of contact for their institution and as a liaison between the greater Division 19 and students on their campus. If there is sufficient interest in military psychology and related topics on your campus, a campus representative can also start (or reactivate) a campus chapter. Chapters function as clubs, and related duties may include planning and organizing events, volunteering in the community, and/or collaborating with other chapters.
If you are interested in applying for a campus representative position at your institution or university, please visit: http://www.division19students.org/campus-representatives.html where you can find more information about the position and our current application form. Additional questions? Feel free to contact the SAC at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to assist!
Thank you for your time and commitment to our society and the field of military psychology. I wish you the best of luck as we move toward the close of the academic year. For our students who are graduating in the fall, I hope you consider staying on with our division as an Early Career Psychologist. If you have any questions about how to successfully transition from a student to an ECP, please contact our current Student-ECP Liaison, Michelle Koster at email@example.com.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Jourdin Navarro, M.A.
Chair, Student Affairs Committee
Student membership in Division 19 can provide many benefits:
Membership in the division provides students with the opportunity to network with fellow students and professional psychologists in the field. With our social networking groups, listserv, APA convention social events, and large network of student chapters across the country, we hope that you will make new friends, network to find new colleagues, and connect with new mentors in a supportive community. Through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, you will find active opportunities for involvement and frequent job postings.
In addition to the many benefits division membership offers, our organization provides a number of unique leadership opportunities through our Student Chapter and Campus Representative Network. An added benefit to membership in the division: student affiliate membership is only $10! Also, division membership does not require you to be a member of APA/APAGS.
Membership is open to all students with an interest in the goals and mission of Division 19.