CPAGS continues to grow and enjoy success as an organization due to the concerted efforts of talented and dedicated graduate students who have volunteered their time and energy in leadership positions. Taking on an Executive Council position involves some time commitment and responsibility, but is great leadership experience for your future career. If time is a limiting factor, consider becoming a CPAGS campus representative or committee member first, then running for an officer position next year.
Elections are held every year from late April until mid May. CPAGS Executive Council positions have varying levels of commitment but all contribute greatly to the organization. No experience is necessary to run for a position. The term of office runs July 1 – June 30 of the following year. To be eligible to run for an elected position, you must be a current graduate student in good academic standing and have at least one year remaining before graduation (at least two years if running for the Chair-elect position)
*CPAGS is committed to continuing to recruit leadership for our association that is diverse with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and academic program.*
Chair-Elect (three-year term)
Serves a one-year term as member of the CPAGS Steering Committee, and serves as Chair in the subsequent year;functions as treasurer of the student association and represents CPAGS in CPA’s Finance Committee; coordinates Campus Representative Network; attends both spring and fall CPA Board of Directors meetings, CPAGS’ student-focused conferences, the annual Leadership and Advocacy Conference, and the CPA Convention.
Secretary (one-year term)
Is responsible for the execution of all the CPAGS Secretary duties as outlined in the CPAGS Manual under Elected Position Descriptions. The Secretary shall ensure the accuracy of all Board meeting minutes and provide them to the Board. The Secretary shall be the custodian of all CPAGS records.
Treasurer (one-year term)
Is responsible for the execution of all the CPAGS Treasurer duties as outlined in the CPAGS Manual under Elected Position Descriptions. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all CPAGS funds and serve as liaison to the CPA Finance Committee.
Serves on the CPA Governmental Affairs Committee; coordinates state and federal legislative advocacy efforts with the Association’s campus representatives, and thus with the membership; works closely with CPA’s Division I and CPAGS’ Division I student representative to coordinate student involvement and scholarship opportunities and distribution; coordinates student attendance at CPAGS’ Student Leadership & Advocacy Conference and CPA’s State Leadership & Advocacy Conference.
Maintains and updates the CPAGS website; disseminates student-focused informational fliers or emails to campus representatives for distribution; co-develops advertisements and CPAGS marketing materials for distribution; coordinates submissions for the student column of the California Psychologist; coordinates the submission of division representative updates for dissemination.
Serves on the CPA Convention Committee and coordinates all aspects of student participation in the annual CPA convention, including but not limited to: distributing the call for proposals for the student track of programming; coordinating the selection of proposals and the scheduling of programs; runs the student track in coordination with CPA central office on the day of convention (must be able to attend convention in its entirety); disseminates all necessary information to convention presenters.
Coordinates with CPA’s Division VII and CPAGS’ Division VII student representative to coordinate student involvement and scholarship opportunities and distribution; assists in developing opportunities and advertising events geared towards addressing diversity; coordinates student attendance at CPAGS’ Cross-Cultural Conference.
The Membership Committee is responsible for initiating and monitoring recruitment and retention of members, reviewing all membership materials, reviewing and approving new members, making recommendations to the Executive Council for action, and making recommendations to the CPA Board regarding member benefits.
Social Justice Chair
The purpose of the Social Justice Committee is to further social justice initiatives both within the profession of psychology and further social justice initiatives within CPAGS.
CPAGS division reps are essentially the student voice on each division. In addition to adding a student perspective, they identify student opportunities within each division. Each division rep has the responsibility of maintaining a relationship between the CPAGS leadership and each division, and writing articles each year for the CP updating student members of happenings in their division. Generally, Divisions meet 2-3 times per year, and have occasional conference calls.
- Division I – Clinical and Professional Practice
- Division II – Education and Training
- Division III – Industrial/Organization Psychology
- Division IV – Public Service
- Division V – Clinical Psychopharmacology
- Division VI – Media Technology and Communication
- Division VII – Public Interest/Diversity
- Division VIII – Neuropsychology