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The Div. 44 Public Policy Committee is preparing ahead in anticipation of leadership changes that will occur with APA's 2021 virtual convention. First, congratulations are in order for our co-chair, Christina Patterson, who was elected president-elect of Div. 44. As a result of the election, Christina will be stepping down as co-chair. Co-Chair Michele Schlehofer’s term ends at this year’s APA convention. Thus, both co-chair positions are available. As a reminder, one co-chair position is reserved for a female-identified or nonbinary person, and the second co-chair is reserved for a male-identified or nonbinary person. If you are interested in stepping into a co-chair role, or becoming more involved in the Public Policy Committee, please contact Christina or Michèle.

We have been continuing to partner with the APA’s Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity to develop resources for state- and grassroots-level legislative advocacy. We are currently working on developing additional training webinars and resources on emerging state-level legislation. Please be on the lookout for more information on upcoming content, which we will be launching near the start of the next legislative session.

Finally, we have been developing anti-racist procedures internal to our committee. This includes procedures for development of policy statements which will help ensure that we are highlighting the needs of QTBIPOC people, as well as research conducted with and by BIPOC people, whenever possible. If you have ideas on how to strengthen anti-racist practices in our committee, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear your ideas.

If you are attending APA 2021 virtual, please be on the lookout for information about our business meeting. We will be discussing our upcoming leadership changes, and update everyone on our current work. Please join us.

Date created: July 2020