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PSA Mission Statement Update, October 2020

Over the summer, members of the PSA Council (Board of Directors) collaborated to revise the PSA mission statement. The mission statement is important because it describes why PSA exists, and guides decision-making around what PSA does. The concern was to ensure that equity, diversity, inclusivity, and the promotion of social justice needed to be clearly stated as a core part of PSA’s mission. Here is the new PSA mission statement, adopted by Council on October 9, 2020:

The Pacific Sociological Association is committed to serving sociologists in our region–faculty, applied professionals, and students—by providing opportunities for networking and professional development designed to advance scholarly research, promote high-quality teaching and mentorship, and encourage applied sociology for the public good. We strive to create a professional community that reflects the diversity of our region and enhances the diversity of our discipline. We are committed to inclusivity and equity in our organization, to promoting social justice by examining and challenging the structural and institutional barriers in our discipline, and to building pathways for the next generation of sociologists.

PSA Demand for Racial Justice and Equity

The Pacific Sociological Association condemns racism, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy and its vestigial appendage, police brutality. We support the Black Lives Matter movement. As practitioners of a discipline that studies individuals in society and social institutions, we recognize and acknowledge that racism has multiple forms: individual, interpersonal, and socio-structural.  We are committed to anti-racism practices and social justice, and to ensuring social equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).  

We encourage the engagement of sociologists in areas of social justice and social responsibility. The Pacific Sociological Association continues to advocate for fairness, equity, justice, and community in our own organization, sociology as a discipline, the academy, and the broader society.  We must listen, learn, reflect, discuss, teach, research, and act in love, support, and community. The Pacific Sociological Association will continuously review our mission, programs, organizational structures and processes, and membership to enact our commitment to these principles.

adopted June 22, 2020 by the PSA Council (Board of Directors)

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PSA Statement Reaffirming Democratic Ideals—Passed by Council April 9, 2017

As sociologists, we share a commitment to the common good.  Across the nation, many of us have been deeply affected by blatant and subtle expressions of prejudice and discrimination. As such, the PSA members offer the following reaffirmation of our academic values:

  • We reaffirm our democratic values and encourage vigorous discussion and debate in an atmosphere of mutual inquiry, critical dialogue, and respect for the dignity of all persons.
  • As a professional society, we reaffirm our commitment to cultivating diversity, inclusion, and tolerance in our work, and call for all members to stand against hatred in any form.
  • We reaffirm sociological teaching and praxis that model methods of civic engagement and respectful dialogue, and we support work that strives toward social justice.

We encourage our membership to continue building alliances towards these ends, and through our work we vow to uphold these values to sustain our hard-earned civil rights.