Denise Sekaquaptewa: Statement

I would like to serve as Member-at-Large for Scientific Programs because it would allow me to apply my experience and expertise in organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues to the area of convention development, implementation, and evaluation. 

I am a long-time member of SPSP, and I served SPSP as a member and Chair of the Diversity and Climate Committee (2008-2011).  I have previous experience in the development of a scientific conference, having served on the Financing and Advertising Committee for the inaugural Annual Meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, APA Division 45.  This experience allowed me to gain insight into how a scientific convention comes together from the ground up.  I also have extensive experience with evaluation of scientific grant programs.  I have served on grant proposal review committees for the National Science Foundation (Gender in Science and Engineering, and EHR CORE Research programs) and have reviewed graduate fellowship applications for the National Institutes of Health.  I also serve the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as a member of the Committee on Opportunities in Science, which advises the organization on initiatives and projects related to elevating the status and promoting the advancement of racial/ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities in the sciences and engineering.  Most recently, I have been appointed to the Committee on Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  In this role, I apply my expertise on research relevant to the gender gap in science, engineering, and medicine to inform recommendations moving forward on this issue.

I will be happy to use my experience and expertise in DEI issues within scientific settings to inform the work of the Society, working towards the goals of making our conventions, conferences, and scientific programming more equitable and inclusive to all, and providing a forum where everyone can feel equally valued.