Student Alliance (SA)
The Student Alliance, open to all Psy.D. and clinical Ph.D. students, is actively concerned with promoting open communication between students and faculty. It ensures student representation and input on all faculty decisions regarding student concerns. In addition, student representatives serve on: The GSAPP-wide Faculty Council, the Clinical PsyD, School PsyD, and Organizational PsyD faculty meetings, have representatives on the GSAPP Alumni Associations, and serve on the Comprehensive Exam and GSAPP Computer committees, as well as the Committee on Diversity, and the University Senate. The GSAPP Student Alliance exectuve committee plans and coordinates student-sponsored social and educational activities, e.g. assisting with the admissions interview days, and the annual orientation program for new students.
Asian Psychology Students' Association (APSA)
The Asian Psychology Students' Association (APSA) promotes the social, cultural and academic interests of Asian students at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology via a meaningful exchange of knowledge and information. Membership is extended to all Asian graduate students enrolled at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Members meet once a month. Events planned include both social and educational activities for those at the School as well as those in the mental health fields within the Rutgers Community.
Black Graduate Student and Allies (BGSA)
BSGPPP was founded to help increase the number of Black and other diversity students at GSAPP, to enhance student life, and to provide support and community during the rigorous experience of graduate school. We are actively involved in a number of events throughout the year to achieve these goals. We have dinners and informal gatherings where we share, give support, and socialize, and we are constantly searching out new directions to cultivate our experience in graduate school.
The Diversity Group is a multicultural initiative, a working group of interested students, faculty, and staff at GSAPP who are committed to addressing issues of diversity across race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other domains. Objectives of FOOD include: facilitating personal and professional identity development of GSAPP students, administration, faculty, and staff specific to multicultural understanding, via small group discussions; developing the ability to serve better the larger Rutgers community with respect to the awareness and acceptance of its culturally diverse members. A typical group is composed of six to eight members and two co-facilitators meeting at least once a month for ninety minutes. A typical group is composed of six to eight members and one or two co-facilitators meeting at least once a month for ninety minutes. The student groups meet monthly for 1-1/2 hours, outside of GSAPP for a scholastic year. All facilitators are licensed clinical professionals. The fee per student is $5.00 per session. This fee is supplemented by GSAPP.
Organized by students, this initiative began in Fall 1998. One to three groups of incoming students address issues such as managing the transition into life at GSAPP, handling the unique stresses that graduate training creates, and maintaining a sense of community through enhancing communication across the three programs. Participation is encouraged but optional. Groups are led by upper-year student facilitators who receive faculty supervision.
The Hispanic Organization of Professional Psychology Students (HOPPS)
The Hispanic Organization of Professional Psychology Students (HOPPS) was founded during the 1984-85 academic year by clinical and school PsyD Hispanic students. It is an organization that has been accepted and supported by the GSAPP faculty and students. As an organization HOPPS has set forth many goals. Among its most important is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for its members. An equally important goal is to actively assist the GSAPP in recruiting qualified Hispanic students to our programs. Other goals include: educating the larger GSAPP community to the needs of the Hispanic community, sponsoring educational and social activities that celebrate Latino culture, and collaborating with other GSAPP student organizations and alumni. Latino applicants may apply to ten graduate programs by using the one general application from PROJECT 1000, free of cost. Rutgers University is one of the institutions affiliated with this program. The toll free number for receiving an application is 1-800-327-4893.
International Student Group (ISG)
The International Students Group (ISG) was formed in 2001 in an effort to organize, support and facilitate the integration of international students into the GSAPP culture. ISG members are GSAPP students who identify themselves as international students regardless of immigration status. One of the ISG's primary purpose is to help incoming international students achieve a smooth transition into GSAPP life; as well as to guide international students in the application process and to advocate for international students needs. The group also aims to serve as a resource for GSAPP; by informing about the needs and achievements therapists and of clients from foreign countries; by enhancing the dialogue with practitioners and scholars from eclectic backgrounds and by broadening the range of learning and relational opportunities for the GSAPP community.
The Jewish Student Alliance (JSA)
The Jewish Student Alliance (JSA) is one of the COD groups at GSAPP where individuals can learn more about Judaism, celebrate their heritage and culture, and explore different meanings that Judaism has for individuals. In addition, the JSA promotes exchanges between Jewish individuals and other ethnic and racial groups. The rich and diverse population of GSAPP allows students from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds to grow together and develop a strong multicultural competence. The JSA also encourages individuals to develop connections and utilize Judaism with various psychology principals and practices. This is a great opportunity to understand and appreciate our own culture in the context of our professional growth. JSA events include: general meetings, luncheons, holiday celebrations, baking, craft activities, guest speakers, peer presentations, discussions, story telling, as well as off campus events such as: Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and more!
If you would like to join the JSA or have any questions/suggestions please email Chelsey Dworkin firstname.lastname@example.org Dana Galler email@example.com or Lyndsi Silberman firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer Student Association (QSA)
The Queer Student Association (QSA) represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI) community at GSAPP and addresses issues of sexual and gender identity and practice that are relevant to clinical practice. The group has been active since the 1990s. The QSA hosts viewings and discussions of movies about queer history, transgender identity and managing queer and religious identities. The group maintains a queer presence during GSAPP events including the annual Diversity Recruitment Night and meetings of the Student Association and the Dean's Multicultural Advisory Committee. QSA members have provided consultation to student clinicians on LGBTQQI cases. And finally, the QSA organizes social activities for its members and other interested GSAPPers. The QSA seeks ways to expand its function as a resource for the GSAPP community. Ideas include creating print or internet resources guides, inviting guest speakers and interfacing with other LGBTQQI organizations in central New Jersey.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Jon Murakami at email@example.com or Sam Klugman at firstname.lastname@example.org.