In an email on May 5, Julia Lave Johnston, President of APA California, announced that the Chapter’s 2020 conference this Fall will be held on-line. The long-planned conference scheduled for Riverside September 12-15 has been postponed to 2021.
This year’s conference will nevertheless remain an “opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to our organizational values,” said Johnston, and “to welcome students into the profession, to reward excellence, and to commiserate with our colleagues and friends about the challenges of trying to save the world.”
The Inland Empire Conference Host Committee and the State Board concluded that it would neither be possible nor advisable to hold a large in-person event. “The safety of our colleagues and friends is our first priority,” said Johnston, noting the success of this spring’s APA National virtual conference.
Johnston “will be appointing members of a new Virtual Conference Planning Committee to finalize the program, work with existing sponsors, identify the best technology, and adjust logistics as needed, including the conference date and registration prices.”
Anyone interested in working on the 2020 Virtual Conference should contact Julia Lave Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.