Coming Together: Recharging at AWP

AWP was my first experience of a psychology conference. Due to this fact, I believed all conferences were filled with riveting presentations about gender, advocacy and activism. I thought it was typical to have yoga integrated into conference spaces and socials to double as dances.

This, of course, is not true.

There is something unique about the sense of community that exists at AWP. It is a space to welcome new faces into the field. It is a space for people to network. It is a space for old friends to catch up. And it is a space for feminists in the field of psychology to share important work that blurs the boundary between research, teaching, clinical work, and activism.

It continues to be all these things for me. But, perhaps most importantly, it is a space where I come to recharge. To get excited about the possibilities of research as an impetus for social change and the potential for professional spaces to foster innovation and justice. It revitalizes me so that I can continue to do this work, even when it may go unacknowledged or unappreciated in more dominant spaces of professional psychology.

This year’s theme is “Strong Girls and Wise Women: Sustaining Feminism for the Future.” I am excited to spend the weekend surrounded by others who are committed to the notion of how the field of psychology can work to advance gender equity. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on the history of our movement and how we see the future of feminism informing our work and our lives.

It is no secret that what makes AWP different from other organizations and conferences is simply the members. The individuals that come to the annual conference all share AWP’s vision of a “just and inclusive world.” We celebrate our advances and challenge each other to live and embody that vision more fully. When you leave the conference space, you will certainly come away with more knowledge and awareness of the research and practice of feminist psychology. But you will also hopefully have found a community.

For more information about AWP as an organization, visit http://www.awpsych.org/