Susan M. Wolfe - Candidate for Member-at-Large
I am honored to be nominated for Member-at-Large for the SCRA Executive Committee. I was named a SCRA Fellow in 2009, and would very much like an opportunity to continue contributing to the organization as Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee.
I currently operate an independent Community Psychology Consulting Firm and I teach at two local universities. My practice includes program evaluation, capacity building, strategic planning support, grant writing, and training. I am active as a volunteer in my community, participate on several community coalitions, am president of an organization dedicated to advocacy for issues relevant to midlife and older women and in 2010 I walked 60 miles in the Komen 3-Day to raise money to fight breast cancer. My commitment to Community Psychology values and principles is evident through both my work and personal activities.
I joined SCRA in 1986 and since then I have served the organization in a number of roles that include serving as Southwest/Rocky Mountain Regional Representative, being part of the leadership of Community Psychology Practice Council, and Chairing the Committee for Women. I am currently the editor of the Community Practitioner column
If I am elected I will welcome the opportunity to work with the Executive Committee members to continue fostering SCRA's growth. Three areas that I see as important are:
- Increasing membership - Such efforts might include increasing connections to other professional organizations, bringing back former SCRA members who have joined other organizations related to their chosen fields of research or practice, and doing more to retain students after they graduate.
- Disseminating information about Community Psychology -Creating a greater awareness of the field and what community psychology graduates have to offer is essential for expanding career opportunities and demand for our services and for the extraordinary students that are graduating from our programs
- Facilitating tighter bonds between Community Psychologists who work in academic and practice settings. Results of recent surveys have suggested that some community psychology programs do not routinely provide students with the range of skills that are necessary for practice careers. I believe there is a need for more dialogue between community psychologists who work in academic settings and those who work in practice settings with the goal of each informing the other. I have begun this collaborative work on the Community Psychology Practice Council and hope to expand these efforts as a member of the Executive Committee.