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It is the policy of APA Central Division that its programs, and the membership of its committees, reflect the broad diversity of the profession. This diversity includes (but is not limited to) race, color, religion, political conviction, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification and age. Where representation on the program is concerned we also include seniority within the profession and institutional affiliation. To encourage this diversity, the Central Division Executive Committee is undertaking the following initiatives and welcomes suggestions from the membership for continued improvement in achieving these policy goals:

(a) Ongoing documentation of the diversity represented in the main program of the Central Division Annual Meeting, beginning with gender representation but with a commitment to broadening the scope of our data collection in the future.

(b) Regular review of the available program data at the Division’s annual Business Meeting, and sharing of these data with the membership and relevant APA Committees.

(c) Active encouragement of the membership to support these efforts by volunteering to chair and comment at sessions, suggesting invited sessions to the program chair, submitting papers and posters for anonymous review, and identifying other ways to ensure that the main program is based on the broadest possible pool of submissions and reflects the membership of the profession.

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