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Submissions for PSA 2017 are now closed, as the deadline was October 15, 2016.

Use this link to go to the page with information on the conference hotel and to book your room at the special PSA rate.    Note: as of February 2017 rooms at the conference hotel at the special PSA rate are sold out (unless there are cancellations).  You may consider looking at reservations at rates available to the public, such as through a site like Kayak.  PSA tried to get some rooms at nearby hotels, but this did not work out.

Pacific Sociological Association’s 88th Annual Meetings/Conference

Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Portland, OR

Institutional Betrayal: Inequity, Discrimination, Bullying, and Retaliation in Academia

President:  Karen Pyke, University of California, Riverside
Vice President: Michelle Camacho, University of San Diego

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From President and Program Chair Karen Pyke

Part conference, part movement, be part of the change at the 2017 PSA meetings

Don’t Miss a “Where Were You When…” moment in sociology’s history!

Institutional Betrayal (Definition): “Wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution, including failure to prevent or respond supportively to wrongdoings by individuals (e.g. sexual assault) committed within the context of the institution.”  University of Oregon Psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd

What you can expect:
Experts from within and beyond our region and discipline committed to institutional change in academia.

Thematic Panel on “Institutional Betrayal: Sexual Assault on Campus” with Portland attorney Jacqueline Swanson who represents sexual assault survivors and has authored legislation to aid in the prosecution of sexual offenders; New England School of Law professor Wendy Murphy, a sexual assault activist, impact litigator, and national tv legal analyst; Stanford law professor Michele Dauber who is leading the charge for voters to remove Judge Persky from the bench for sentencing Stanford student Brock Turner to only 6 months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman; and political science professor Caroline Heldman who helped file a complaint against Occidental College’s handling of sexual assault.

Plenary with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum. An Obama appointee and co-chair of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, Feldblum played a leading role in drafting the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. She has also worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and has been a leading expert on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

“Institutional Betrayal and Gender Shrapnel in Academia.” A discussion with Ellen Mayock, author of Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace (Palgrave McMillan, 2016) and psychology professor Jennifer Freyd, originator of the concept “institutional betrayal.”

Panel with editors and authors of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. Edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris. Relying on personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies from 40+ authors, this book exposes the daunting challenges academic women of color face as they navigate the often hostile terrain of academia.

“Winning Legal Challenges to Institutional Betrayal.” Stories from those who have brought legal challenges to “institutional betrayal” at their universities, including UC-Davis Professor Amy Block Joy, author of Whistleblower and Retaliation and Dr. Janet Conney, M.D., who was awarded $4.07 million against UCLA for sexual harassment, pay inequity, and retaliation for complaining of discrimination.  Former Yale security educator Susan Laria Landino and her attorney Wendy Murphy will discuss facing retaliation after reporting Title IX violations.

“Exhausting Administrative Remedies (and Administrators) Before Going to Court: What You MUST Do Before Seeking Legal Remedies for Institutional Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation.” A workshop with attorney Michael J. DeNiro who represents aggrieved faculty and students at private and public colleges in California.

Other sessions include how to deal with hostile work environments; bullying in academia with experts on the topic; support for intellectual activists; and research on inequity in academia, including NSF ADVANCE funded scholarship. There will be an Author Meets Critic session on Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education, winner of a 2015 Choice Award, (edited by De Welde and Stepnick).

Moving Forward, Making Change in Academia: All attendees are invited to an open discussion on Sunday focused on next steps for maintaining momentum and making change in academia. We will draw on input of attendees and action items from sessions.

 Local activities include a gentrification tour of Portland with Dwaine Plaza (Oregon State University), pub crawls with Ron Mize (Oregon State University) and Vikas Gumbhir (Gonzaga University), a coffee crawl, and a tour of marijuana dispensaries with Anthony Silvaggio (Humboldt State University).

The band Island of Black and White will provide live music (blues, reggae, rock and folk) on Friday after the Presidential reception. This award-winning northern California band includes Chris Haislet on guitar, keyboard, accordion, melodica, flute and vocals, and Nawal Alwareeth on drums and vocals.  See:

Planning is still underway. Have ideas for the conference? Please email them to PSA President and Program Chair Karen Pyke at


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