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Dear APA Colleagues,
I’m writing to encourage you to vote yes on the proposed bylaw amendment called “Voting Privileges and New Membership Category for Graduate Students.”
Graduate Students comprise the next generation of psychologists and are dues-paying members, yet they do not currently have a voice in APA elections. It is time to change this—and we can, with your support! This APA Bylaws change will allow graduate student affiliate members of APA to vote in elections for the President-elect and Board Members-at-Large, along with bylaws amendments and apportionment ballots.
In August 2020, the APA Council of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor (72.8%) of the item, and our Board of Directors and Council Leadership Team both unanimously recommended approval of graduate student voting rights. The student vote received great support from APA membership last year, we were only 58 votes short. The overwhelming support and encouragement from the Association community leads us to bring this bylaw amendment to a vote again this year. We are optimistic that this year, with your support, the item will pass. If you are a voting member of APA, you will receive a ballot Nov. 1 by email. VOTE YES by December 16 on the APA Ballot to support the next generation of psychologists and provide them with a voice in APA!
Why Vote Yes:
AN ENGAGED APA: Voting YES aligns APA with other major healthcare organizations (including the American Medical Association; Counseling Association; Educational Research Association; Chemical Society; Physical Society; and countless others) that have found student voting led to more engaged students and stronger leadership pathways to support the future of the field.
A STRONGER APA: Voting YES may address the ongoing loss of student members by engaging this missing segment in today’s issues, thereby strengthening APA’s longevity and societal relevance.
AN INCLUSIVE APA: Voting YES tells 21,000 people who have committed to advanced degrees in psychology that APA is invested in supporting and hearing from the next generation.
AN INFORMED APA: Voting YES brings us all closer to new, informed perspectives that are critical as we seek to make APA a professional home to us all who are affected by important decisions within the organization.
Once you’ve VOTED YES, we encourage you to:
SPREAD THE WORD: Forward this email to your colleagues and listservs and encourage others to VOTE YES! We need 2/3 of the memberships’ support to pass, so EVERY VOTE matters!
ADVOCATE: Get your Division or SPTA to publicly support the Graduate Student voting rights! Divisions 9, 10, 17, 29, 32, 35, 37, 40, 41, 44, and 45, and Arizona, Maine, Missouri, and Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington SPTAs have already publicly supported this bylaw amendment!
TWEET/SHARE: Voice your support on social media using these materials and the hashtags #LetGradStudentsVote #APA2020 #APAGS #MyVoteMyVoice
VISITS OUR WEBSITE: To leave a message of support and learn how you could further support graduate students: www.letgradstudentsvote.com.
It would be a privilege to be involved in decisions affecting our education, training, and the future of our chosen field.
With your support, we have an opportunity to make history and help strengthen APA’s future and the future of our profession.
Thank you in advance for being our champion,
PS: Didn’t receive your ballot? Check spam for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org, and if still nothing, please contact APA’s Elections Office at email@example.com or 202-336-6087.