The Alliance for Organizational Psychology started a global initiative in 2020 called “The Big Tent”. The Alliance was founded by major professional associations in the field of work and organizational psychology (SIOP, EAWOP, IAAP Division 1, CSIOP) to increase the visibility and relevance of work and organizational psychology worldwide in an effort to improve the quality of working life for everyone. Increasing collaboration among all national associations representing work and organizational psychology is a crucial prerequisite towards achieving this goal.
To that end, the Alliance has identified a set of organizations around the globe that share similar values around the science and practice of work and organizational psychology, to become “Network Partners”. Network Partners will form a broader community of like-minded organizations doing similar work. Together, Network Partners will share updated information about their major priorities/activities, with the goal of increasing communication among like organizations and facilitating our collective efforts around work and organizational psychology.
Our hope is to bring everyone around the globe to a virtual table in a virtual "big tent", facilitating understanding, communication, and eventually joint activities.
Dr. Laura Dryjanska is the Director of the Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, launched by Biola University (as a result of consulting with McKinsey): https://www.biola.edu/degrees/g/industrial-organizational-psychology-ms
Laura is an Associate Professor at Biola University who has been serving in the Rosemead School of Psychology since 2017. She obtained an international joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in 2012 from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
Laura has interest and expertise in social psychology as applied to work and organizational settings. She has taught industrial-organizational psychology in Italy, Poland, and the United States. Laura has also published two introductory books on the topic of organizational psychology and several articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has been a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a division of the American Psychological Association, since 2017. Laura serves on the International Affairs Committee of SIOP, currently chairing the Publications and White Papers Subcommittee, and she is also a member of the Women Inclusion Network.
Laura endorses a robust vision of a global citizen psychologist. Recently, Laura was awarded the Fellow status by the American Psychological Association. She values engagement with professional women across the world and has been an active member of WomenX Impact.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) and the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) are delighted to announce that the British Psychological Society has become a Network Partner in the Alliance for Organizational Psychology’s (AOP) and the “Big Tent” initiative.
This opportunity will enable the Division of Occupational psychology to build our international collaboration with major professional associations and promote on a global scale the values of best practice, visibility, and enhancing our science which we hold in common with our partners.
The DOP aims to raise the profile of Occupational Psychology and encourage the advancement and sharing of psychological knowledge and practice. We are excited at the prospect of networking with colleagues from around the world.
We look forward to working with the Alliance for Organizational Psychology and being part of the “Big Tent” Initiative. Through combined efforts and leveraging joint communications, we hope to facilitate understanding, develop international opportunities, and support collective activities with the AOP.
The BPS, www.bps.org.uk, is the representative body for psychologists in the United Kingdom. It is home to over 62,000 members and has 154 networks.
One of these networks is the Division of Occupational Psychology, which represents the interests of occupational psychologists in the UK.
The BPS and DOP provide resources and a community for members across psychology, whether practitioners, academics, or part of the wider psychological family.
“We are committed to international collaboration. We have worked informally within the Alliance for several years and are delighted to formally become a Network Partner of the Alliance for Organizational Psychology. We look forward to sharing research, knowledge, and ideas and to learning from our international partners. Together we are stronger.”
SIOP’s Diversifying I-O Psychology Program will kick off next month with a virtual conference designed to help racial and ethnic minority individuals, particularly undergraduate students, learn more about I-O psychology. The vision for The DIP is to help build a significantly larger talent pipeline of Black/African Americans, Hispanic/Latinx and Native Americans for I-O graduate education and ultimately SIOP.
The DIP conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Nov. 8 and 9:
· Day One will focus on the I-O PhD experience. Attendees will hear from distinguished speakers about what a career in I-O psychology is like, how to pursue a career in I-O psychology, and what a PhD program involves.
· Day Two will focus on the application process, including how to find programs that are a good fit, the application itself, interviewing, and preparing to start the program.
· Each of the six sessions will include time for students to ask questions.
If you know a racial or ethnic minority person, particularly undergraduate students, who could benefit from this free, virtual conference, encourage them to learn more and register by visiting the DIP website.
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