I am pleased to announce that I have recently been notified of my election as Chair-Elect (S.Y. 2015/2016) and Chair (S.Y. 2016/2017) of the Graduate Student Committee of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). I feel both honored and well-positioned to accept such a position. As a graduate student, my research has been underpinned by an unwavering commitment to understanding, documenting, and confronting issues of social injustice (i.e. homelessness and housing policy, equitable urban development, institutional discrimination). Indeed, my decision to pursue graduate school hinged on my desire to be in a position to address the important social issues of our time. Beyond research, I have taken on multiple leadership roles in the last five years. I served as a student representative on our program’s Executive Committee during my first two years, was elected as Program Representative to our university-wide Doctoral Student Council the following year, and was elected as an At-Large Representative for the same council last year. Through this position, I look forward to bringing information and conference programming to graduate students that will help us continue to conduct research that has life and voice beyond the academy, and incites real world change.