Designate a student representative and faculty member to serve as your chapter’s connection to the national board and Division 16.
1. Determine your chapter’s executive board positions
- Hold elections
- Appoint positions such as: President, VP, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Social Chair, Secretary, etc.
2. Make sure this board meets the needs of what you would like your SASP chapter to be
- Outline general duties for each position
- Organize committee if necessary in order to achieve goals of your chapter. These could include: Community Service Social Events, etc.
3. Write your chapter charter
- This should include: positions and duties, procedural instructions for voting, membership, etc., calendar of events, program policies and procedures
- Once chart is completed and representatives are assigned, complete chapter application and submit charter on SASP’s website
4. Upon chapter approval from SASP
- Complete Division 16 and SASP individual applications online
- Join the Division 16 and SASP listserv
- Join SASP on Facebook & Twitter
5. Consider the following activities for your organization:
- Community service activities to link graduate students to local organizations
- Attend state and national conferences
- Fundraisers to support your organization. Also, look into funding opportunities offered to student organizations through your university
- Social events such as happy hours, holiday parties, etc. to provide social activities for students and faculty in your program
- Create a program newsletter
- Submit proposals to SASP’s Student Research Forum at APA
- Submit publications to SASP’s student advocacy outlet, The Student Corner
- Hold workshops for students in your program to learn about internships, current issues in the field, etc.
- Invite guest speakers to come speak to your program regarding issues in school psychology, research happenings in your program, etc.
- Support students in your program by providing meetings around comprehensive exams, praxis study sessions, etc.