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Advocating for I-O

3/11/2015-

by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP Unveils New Government Relations Webpage

To help keep members informed of various government relations efforts being pursued by the Society, it has recently unveiled a new Government Relations page on the SIOP website.

This page, found under the “Advocacy” drop-down menu of SIOP’s homepage, will serve as the hub for all announcements, news, and resources related to SIOP’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with various governmental agencies. SIOP encourages its members to stay informed and involved with the Society’s government relations through the resources on this page as well as the "SIOP in Washington" column in TIP and regular updates in the monthly Newsbriefs e-newsletter.

Please take some time to peruse the resources on the new Government Relations page. Advocacy Alerts (calls to action, funding opportunities and other timely announcements that require member action) can be found in the upper right-hand corner as well as under the "Take Action" link in the main menu. News articles can be found to the right as well as under the "News" link. Resources for SIOP members and legislators can be found under the "Resources" link.

SIOP’s government relations and public policy initiatives focus on raising awareness of the importance of industrial and organizational psychology science and research in policy discussions, educating federal and congressional policy makers, and providing SIOP members with a voice in our nation’s capital.

In 2013, SIOP partnered with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading federal government relations firm in Washington, DC, to assist the Society with the implementation of its public policy goals, which includes advocacy for industrial and organizational psychology research and policy with Congress and federal agencies. Through Lewis-Burke, SIOP has a strong, consistent voice in Washington, which allows the Society to respond quickly when action is needed, and also ensures SIOP has a constant presence within the science community through participation in coalitions.

In addition to SIOP’s new government relations page, the new Advocacy drop-down menu also consolidates other advocacy efforts spearheaded by individual SIOP members and groups. While these efforts are not government relations, they do focus on advocating for I-O psychology to various groups, including students and organizations as well as using I-O psychology to make a positive impact on society in general. Formerly housed under the “Resources” menu, you can find links to SIOP’s Bridge Builders and Pro-social I-O initiatives under this menu.