Question: Should APA Graduate Student members be given the privilege to vote on all association matters within APA after one year of membership?
Graduate students have important voice to contribute to APA. I value their contributions and support their voting and representation. Voting is an opening invitation that can lead to greater engagement in APA, but we must couple voting with opportunities for leadership training/development; meaningful ways to give feedback to our discipline/profession; and encouragement to support/engage in advocacy, public policy and social justice initiatives. These experiences, along with the opportunity to vote, can build career-long engagement and commitment to APA’s future. As APA President, I would look forward to working with APAGS to turn this goal into successful action.