Chair | Victoria Pietruszka (2019-2020) I am humbled to have served as Chair of the AP-LS Student Committee for 2019-2020. The Chair position requires the greatest time commitment of the positions, as the Chair is a voting member of the AP-LS Executive Committee. The Chair position is also a 3-year commitment, as prior to transitioning as Chair, you will spend the first year as Chair-elect if elected. This has been an extremely rewarding experience, and has afforded me the opportunity to learn about the administrative functions of AP-LS and to witness firsthand the work that senior members of AP-LS contribute to improve its services for members. The Chair is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Student Committee and to facilitate student programming, coordinate with other AP-LS committees, and facilitate the coordination of various panels and speaker events for AP-LS and APA conferences. It has been rewarding and inspiring to work with the various Student Committee officers, who are impressive colleagues dedicated to improving our services for Student Affiliates. The workload of Chair is intensive, but manageable, and I was able to successfully complete the pre-doctoral clinical internship match in addition to other academic requirements.
I would encourage anyone considering running for the Chair-Elect position to consider another Student Committee position first or to participate in the Campus Representative program to gain experience within the Student Committee, if time allows. Thank you for allowing me to serve in this role, and I look forward to seeing how future students in the Chair position continue to improve our services for Student Affiliates and AP-LS as a whole. If you have any questions about the Chair position, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Chair-Elect | Emma Marshall (2019-2020)
As Chair-Elect, your primary responsibilities are to work with and learn from the Chair about their work on the committee in order to prepare yourself to lead the committee the following year. During my year as Chair-Elect, I have spent time gaining a better understanding of the programming and projects of the Student Committee and more insight into the administrative structure of the AP-LS organization as a whole. I have also had the pleasure of getting to meet a group of incredible people (my fellow committee members) whose dedication and commitment to making the Student Committee better has been instructive of the type of energy I hope to foster with the new group come August. I was Law Liaison on the Student Committee for two years before running for Chair-Elect, and I think that gaining this additional experience as a member of the Student Committee before taking on a leadership role was very helpful in preparing me to make the most of this position. I would therefore encourage anyone thinking of running for Chair-Elect to consider running for another position on the Student Committee first (if time allows). If for no other reason than to gain some foundational institutional knowledge and experience, so that you can make the most of your time as Chair. Either way, I look forward to meeting next year’s committee and continuing to serve our membership for the next two years!
Clinical Liaison |Haley Potts (2018-2020) For the last two years, I have been honored to serve the students of AP-LS as Clinical Liaison. In my role, I attended all monthly student committee meetings as well as multiple events at the conferences in Portland and in New Orleans. Throughout each year, I was responsible for updating two databases: clinical forensic predoctoral internships and clinical forensic postdoctoral fellowships. Updating these databases is most time consuming in the beginning of the school year, but it continues as new updates rolled in. I have also moderated webinars, written blog posts, and interviewed a professional for Career Corner; many of these projects included programming that was especially relevant for the clinical students in AP-LS. I also worked to develop the Bridging the Gap symposium with my fellow committee members. In the course of my duties, I ended up learning a ton about the different internships and postdocs in the field, which I know will be useful when it comes time to apply. Clinical Liaison is a great position for any clinically oriented student in AP-LS who wants to get involved with the student committee.
Experimental Liaison | Cortney Simmons (2018-2020) As the Experimental Liaison, I represented the interests of the experimental and research-oriented student members. My responsibilities included maintaining the databases of available postdoctoral positions and funding, creating opportunities for students to promote their research, and sharing valuable advice from a prominent researcher. Along with the other committee members, I also helped develop the Student Membership Survey and the new Diversity Liaison position with the hope of better understanding and supporting our student members. Additionally, I collaborated with the Law and Clinical liaisons to develop a conference panel during which research, clinical, legal, and advocacy professionals discussed a psychology-law topic that is relevant to their work. The ultimate goal of the symposium was to highlight the importance of "bridging the gap" between stakeholders at every level and encourage symposium attendees to do the same. Being the Experimental Liaison has been a rewarding experience, and I feel there is still so much more that can and should be done to expand the impact of the EL position and the Student Committee. I strongly encourage our student members to consider running for this position.
Law Liaison | Emma Marshall (2017-2019) As Law Liaison, you represent the interests of law students in AP-LS and are tasked with increasing the representation and understanding of the law and legal issues in both the student committee and AP-LS as a whole. You will work closely with the Chair and other committee members to advertise programming, update law-psychology resources and internships, and present the Student Committee Annual Legal Workshop at the conference. The core elements of the Law Liaison position are up-dating the legal internships listed on the website and developing and presenting the Student Committee Legal Workshop at the annual conference. You will work closely with the Chair and other members to decide the content and develop the program. This is a great opportunity to share a legal passion with your colleagues. Finally, you support your fellow committee members as they work to achieve their goals throughout the year.
Diversity Liaison | Claire D. Scott-Bacon The role of Diversity Liaison, primarily, is to serve people from diverse backgrounds, social identities, and abilities within the AP-LS student community, and in the broader general AP-LS population. You are expected to hold yourself to a particularly higher standard; a higher standard that may engender clinical training, a legal background, a multicultural background and awareness, and empathetic understanding. This year (2019-2020), I have had the pleasure of working with my fellow AP-LS committee, the Minority Affairs Committee, and other Div. 41 affiliates as needed, to provide information regarding opportunities for higher education and/or research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students of ALL backgrounds, social identities, and abilities. However, a lot more work needs to be done. The goal of the Diversity Liaison is to foster a diverse and inclusive AP-LS community, regardless of social or cultural identity, background, age, perspective, orientation, or origin. Why? Because historically, certain groups (e.g., ethnic minorities, women, religious groups, people with disabilities, and other groups) have been excluded from, marginalized or oppressed within higher education, research and/or legal institutions, thereby creating legacies of certain advantages for some people, and disadvantages for a many others. The role of Diversity Liaison is to promote self-reflection and critique, the principles of equality, diversity, and justice—which are defined within a specific historical, social, and cultural framework—and create a mutually respectful, intellectual environment that is inclusive of ALL people, in order to overcome the historical legacies of exclusion, and promote the work and research of the underrepresented in psychology and law. I encourage anyone considering running for the Diversity Liaison position to consider the importance of the role during these unsettled times. If you decide to run, know you are taking on a pivotal role, as the voice of a great many diverse students in the AP-LS community.
To be the Diversity Liaison, you must identify with a group that is or has historically been under-represented in APLS leadership. Upon review of the responses to the membership survey, the Student Committee has decided that racial and ethnic minority students, non-cisgender students, and student with disabilities are perceived to be and experience exclusion from leadership positions in APLS. Members of other under-represented groups are welcome to run for the position - however, the Student Committee strongly encourages racial, ethnic, or non-cisgender students, or students with disabilities to run for this position.
We hope you will consider running for this position!
Campus Representative Coordinator | Melanie Fessinger The Campus Representative Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the AP-LS Student Committee Campus Representative Program. The Campus Representative Program is a network of liaisons across universities that disseminate relevant information to their local student bodies, including information about opportunities, activities, and programs organized by the Student Committee and AP-LS. The main responsibilities of the position include maintaining an updated list of Campus Representatives, disseminating information to the Campus Representatives for distribution, encouraging the Campus Representatives to identify and work toward goals throughout their term, reaching out to faculty at universities without a Campus Representative to see if they have interest in participating in the program, and planning the annual Campus Representative outing at the conference. I really enjoyed my time in this position because I got to interact with a ton of other students at a variety of campuses that I may not have otherwise crossed paths with! It was exciting to see the Campus Representatives work toward their goals—some of which included planning fun events such as forensic-themed movie nights and trivia nights. This year we brought in more than a dozen new universities into the program and I hope that the next Campus Representative Coordinator can continue expanding! The position is great for anyone who wants to interact with a lot of passionate students with shared interests. I strongly encourage our Student Affiliates to join the Student Committee and, more specifically, to consider running for this position!
Communications Officers | Ashley Peck (2019-2020) The Communications Officer (CO) primarily is responsible for managing the Student Committee's social media accounts. The CO posts to the Student Committee's Facebook (@apls.sc) and Twitter (@APLSsc) accounts at least three times per week with content relevant to the student members (grant applications, news articles about law and/or psychology, AP-LS student awards, conference information, etc.). This year, we also utilized Instagram (@aplsstudents) and Snapchat (@APLSStudents) for an inside look during the conference. The CO participates in the monthly Student Committee conference calls and group planning endeavors, as well as acts as a student member of the larger AP-LS Social Media Committee, which involves quarterly conference calls and planning.
Secretary | Stephanie Caredenas (2019-2020) As Secretary for the AP-LS Student Committee, my primary duties have included taking minutes during monthly committee meetings, generating ideas for sessions hosted at the annual conference, assisting with the creation of a convenient digital “GuideBook” for the conference, reviewing poster and talk submissions for the Student Presentation Awards, and generally assisting other members with other tasks. Additionally, I highly enjoyed hosting a webinar entitled "Conference Presentation Strategies to Impress" in which I provided student affiliates with tips on how best to disseminate their research at AP-LS. It has been a pleasure coming together with my fellow committee members to generate and implement ideas that have hopefully enriched the AP-LS experience of our student affiliates. I would highly recommend the position for anyone who wants to learn more about and contribute to an organization and a community they care about. Of course, if you have any specific questions about what it has been like working in the Student Committee, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.