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Graduate Student Organizations

Psychology Graduate Student Organizations

Asian/Asian American Psychology Student Association (APSA)

The Asian/Asian American Psychological Student Association is a graduate student organization at the University of Michigan that is geared toward creating a community of Asian/Asian American scholars in the Psychology Department as well enhancing the graduate training and professional development of all graduate students . APSA is involved in recruitment events meant to increase the number of Asian/Asian American graduate students in psychology. APSA also organizes guest speakers, graduate student forums, career development workshops, and social events for its members and other interested graduate students.

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Black Student Psychological Association (BSPA)

The Black Student Psychological Association (BSPA) is an organization of Black students seeking to enhance the development of Black psychologists, create valid methods and techniques in the investigation of Black people, and in general to promote skills in the application and utilization of psychological principles as they relate to Blacks. The University of Michigan chapter was formed in 1969 to deal mainly with the recruitment and support of Black graduate students and faculty.

BSPA Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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Latino/a Student Psychological Association (LSPA)

The Latino Student Psychological Association (LSPA) is a graduate student organization at the University of Michigan that strives to increase the recruitment and retention of Latino students in the fields of psychology. LSPA is committed to providing a supportive and diverse learning environment for its graduate student members, to serving as advocates for the Latino community, and to educating the greater academic community on issues that affect Latino and other ethnic minority groups.

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Faculty mentor: Lorraine Gutierrez

Psychology International Student Association (PISA)

PISA is a student organization run by psychology graduate students who identify as members of the UM international community. Our primary goal is to perpetuate the University’s DEI effort by supporting international graduate students and scholars in the psychology department. Specifically, we aim to provide a safe and inclusive space for psychology students and scholars to socialize with each other, facilitate conversations about issues and concerns specific to international students, provide resources to address those issues and concerns, and raise awareness of them by bringing in the voice of the international community to the department. We host events ranging from workshops to game nights, and we welcome everyone interested, international or domestic, to get involved. Please contact psych.pisa.leaders@umich.edu to reach out to us.

Psych OUT

Psych OUT at The University of Michigan was founded in 2016 by a group of graduate students who were interested in creating an inclusive space for queer graduate students in The Department of Psychology. Our mission is to create and foster a community for LGBTQ+ individuals in the department, create relationships with other LGBTQ+ groups across campus, foster a community of academics that promote queer scholarship in our sub-fields,  support students who may not be “out”, raise awareness of issues facing queer students within the department, and engage and educate our straight/cis-gender allies. Psych OUT also explicitly welcomes and supports queer students of color.

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Faculty mentor: Sara McClelland

UM Graduate Student Organizations

Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society

Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (Physics, Yale University, 1876), the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society is a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Bouchet's commitment to these ideals, inductees into the honor society must demonstrate significant achievement in these five areas.

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Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR)

The Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) graduate organization is a network for Rackham graduate and professional students at the University of Michigan. SCOR is dedicated to the social, cultural, political, and academic well-being of students of color representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, and international origins. We work to improve the quality of students’ academic, professional, and social lives respectful of differences in culture, ability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.

Visit the SCOR Website