In an effort to increase the diversity of personality and social psychology, SPSP supports a Diversity and Climate Committee that monitors diversity in the organization and funds efforts to support the conference attendance of students who come from underrepresented groups (e.g.,ethnic or racial minority students; first-generation college students; lesbian, gay, or bisexual students; transgender students; and/or students with a physical disability).
Since 2001, the Diversity Fund has awarded over $100,000 in travel grants to help more than 250 graduate students attend the annual SPSP conference. Qualified graduate students from underrepresented groups may apply for travel awards of up to $500 towards SPSP conference attendance. Qualified undergraduates may apply for registration awards that cover the cost of SPSP conference registration.
To be eligible for a Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award, students must be enrolled in a psychology graduate program and must come from an underrepresented group in personality and social psychology (i.e., including ethnic or racial minority students; first-generation college students; lesbian, gay, or bisexual students; transgender students; and/or students with a physical disability.).
In the future, the SPSP Diversity Fund may also be used for other programs that enhance diversity within personality and social psychology.