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A Call to Action: Continue to Support the Students of EDRA

Posted By April Spivack, Ph.D., Student Representative to the Board of Directors, Monday, October 17, 2016

Upon joining EDRA only a few years ago, I found myself surrounded by like-minded individuals that value interdisciplinary scholarship and are passionate about environment-behavior research and practice. As a developing scholar whose home doctoral program was not specifically focused in this area, EDRA offered an oasis of resources and support in my educational and career pursuits.

Each year, I encounter EDRA members that are enthusiastic about contributing to the development of the next generation of environment-behavior scholars and practitioners and they gladly sacrifice some of their valuable time to serve as mentors, either by participating in the Graduate Student Workshop or other panel discussions of special interest to graduate students, or via other means. I wanted to use this opportunity to deliver a very heart-felt thank you to those individuals. The students, current and former, truly appreciate your help.

Second, I’d like to call upon ALL members of EDRA to think of ways to offer new support and guidance for student members of EDRA. During the Student Affairs network meeting at this year’s conference, we had a number of ideas regarding resources that would be of great use to students. Luckily, the new website offers us a fantastic forum for bringing those ideas to fruition. We’ve created some discussion topic headings in the Student Affairs Knowledge Network around these ideas. Please look to see if you can make any contributions to these areas:

  1. Creating a database of Environment-Behavior journals
  2. Creating a database of Environment-Behavior graduate programs
  3. EDRA Student publications list
  4. EDRA Student good news!
  5. Tips/Resources for Environment-Behavior job searches
  6. Tips/Resources for Writing/Publishing in Environment Behavior

If you can make a contribution, please join the Student Affairs Network by clicking here and add to the discussion directly. Help us build a great set of resources for students!

In addition to directly adding content to the Student Affairs Network Discussion Topics above, I would also like to encourage members to promote EDRA to students, including the Graduate Student Workshop. Please think of programs at your home university that may have students interested in environment-behavior issues and reach out to program directors of those programs to build awareness of EDRA’s offerings. As we all know and can celebrate, the students of today are the E-B researchers and practitioners of tomorrow.

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