Diversity & Inclusion Events

Special Events

APSA Bystander Intervention Training
APSA will hold two bystander intervention training sessions at the 2021 Annual Meeting. These sessions are intended to provide session participants with concrete skills to safely intervene in a situation or interaction that is potentially harmful to another. These sessions are also intended to promote a culture of respect at the Annual Meeting and in the discipline.

  • APSA Bystander Intervention Training I
    Wednesday, September 29, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT (virtual)
  • APSA Bystander Intervention Training II
    Thursday, September 30, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT  (virtual)

Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) Best Practices Meeting
Friday, October 1, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT
The MSRP Best Practices Meeting connects MSRP recruiting departments to discuss current issues and trends in graduate recruitment. All 2021-2022 MSRP departments are encouraged to attend. Interested in becoming a recruiting department? Learn more.

APSA Graduate School Information Fair
Saturday, October 2, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
The APSA Graduate School Information Fair connects prospective PhD students with recruiting political science departments. This year, the graduate school information fair will be held virtually. Advance registration for departments and student participants is required (Registration for departments is now closed). There is no cost to participate in the fair. Please contact diversityprograms@apsanet.org with any questions.

APSA Virtual Bunche Scholars iPoster Session
Saturday, October 2, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
Selected 2021 Bunche Scholars will present their research projects via iPosters as part of the Annual Meeting. Poster authors will host live chats during their scheduled division time to engage with attendees about their research.

Roundtable: McClain Taskforce Panel on Systemic Inequality in the Discipline
Saturday, October 2, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
The McClain Task Force on Examining Issues and Mechanisms of Systemic Inequality in the Discipline will share key findings and recommendations from their report. Learn more about the taskforce.


All receptions below are virtual.
Please RSVP here.

Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
Thursday, September 23, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Joint Reception of the LGBT Status Committee, LGBT Caucus, and the Sexuality and Politics Section
Thursday, September 23, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession and NCOBPS Reception
Thursday, September 30, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

APSA Reception Honoring Women of Color
Friday, October 1, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

Joint Reception for Allied Status Committees, Caucuses, and Organized Sections
Friday, October 1, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
Co-sponsored by the APSA Status Committees on the Status of Asian Pacific Americans, Blacks, First Generation Scholars, Latinos y Latinas in the Profession, LGBT Individuals, Women, and APSA Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP) & RBSI Alumni Reception
Saturday, October 2, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT


Code of Conduct
APSA encourages all attendees to review the APSA code of conduct and the meeting anti-harassment policy and how to engage in a RESPECTUL way while attending the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting.

APSA Respect Campaign
The APSA RESPECT Campaign encourages “professional respect” by and towards all APSA annual meeting attendees and participants at all times. Respect stands for Respectful, Equitable, Safe, Professional, and Ethical Conduct Towards All. The APSA Sexual Harassment Survey Report and Anti-Harassment Policy (code of conduct) address the importance of facilitating a climate of respect at the annual meeting. The presence of APSA resources like the meetings Ombuds and the onsite Bystander Intervention training also embody this message. Please visit the RESECT website to learn more.

APSA Ombuds Office Hours 

The APSA Ombuds will be available during the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting to speak with meeting attendees on any topic related to the APSA Annual Meeting including, but not limited to, consultation with anyone who believes that they have experienced harassment or discrimination, or anyone who has concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while participating in the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting. You are also welcome to speak with the ombuds if your committee, organized section or caucus is facing challenges that you’d like to get the ombuds advice on. During the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting, the ombuds will be available for virtual or phone consultations only.  Email apsaombuds@gmail.com to set up an appointment. Learn more here.