GSAPS Fall News

As the summer moves into fall, we are excited to share a number of important announcements with you. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming gatherings!

Virtual Psychedelic Grad Student Meetup

We are excited to begin hosting a monthly virtual meetup for the members of both the GSAPS and MAPS Grad listserves. Graduate students from across the country will be able to gather to discuss exciting topics related to psychedelics, share important news, and get to know one another, every month!  

We will begin with a grounding exercise, check-ins, and then break into small group discussions. We believe that this is significant step towards facilitating community between us, and we hope you can make it!

Save the dates for our first two meetings:

October 1st, 5 – 6:30pm PT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 947 6714 6781

November 5-6:30pm PT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 967 5636 2631

GSAPS Liaisons

Looking for a way to get involved with GSAPS? Look no further! We are looking for 1-2 representatives from each graduate program we all hail from to serve as GSAPS liaisons. The task of a liaison is to distribute announcements about upcoming  GSAPS events with members of your student body, through email listserves, Facebook groups, etc. We are specifically looking for liaisons from:


California Institute of Integral Studies

Sophia University

Saybrook University


Pacifica University

Palo Alto University

Stanford University

UC Berkeley

SF State

Cal State East Bay

Graduate Theological Union

Please email us if you’re interested!

Second Annual GSAPS Convergence 

We are pleased to announce our GSAPS Second Annual Convergence taking place virtually on Nov. 21st & Nov. 22nd, 2020. The Convergence will be a two-day multidisciplinary event featuring an unConference, a research conference and other opportunities for graduate students and grad-adjacent colleagues to showcase work related to psychedelics. We will also host experiential and social components featuring movement, music, dancing, and opportunities for unstructured connecting time.

The unConference

An unConference in the most basic terms is a semi-structured, peer-led, emergent event where rather than bring in a small group of experts to share from a stage, everyone is encouraged to bring forward the discussions that they really care about. Essentially, we provide the framework, and the people who show up co-create the agenda.

Last year’s event included sessions on topics like:

Somatics in the psychedelic therapeutic process;

Encounters with God;

Making culturally sensitive and inclusive music choices in psychedelic therapy spaces;

And a lot more!

Last year we roughly based our format on principles of Open Space Technology. This year we’re excited to take those principles and adapt them to a digital space, while also adding new opportunities for up and coming researchers and creatives to showcase their work.

Call for Papers and Presentations

In the spirit of exchanging knowledge and ideas, forging connections around common research interests, and drawing inspiration from one another, we are dedicating a portion of The Convergence to graduate student research and creative work. Research can be in any stage of development- from inspired ideas, to dissertations on the road to defense, to published manuscripts.

We will be holding this portion of The Convergence in 2 virtual formats: one being a “flash” research presentation session where each person presents for 10 minutes and then takes audience questions for 5 minutes; and the other will be more akin to an in-person conference poster session where the presenter is welcomed into a personal Zoom room for a set amount of time to screen share their work and engage in discussion with those attending the session (via the chat bar and/or face to face).

The virtual poster session will be open to both research and any creative work related to and/or inspired by psychedelics. Visual artwork, short films, poetry, etc. are all welcome. Both formats are intended to be casual and collaborative to ease some of the pressure of presenting at a conference while enlivening the experience in new and imaginative ways!

Please submit by email 150-200 word descriptions of papers and/or presentations by October 20, 2020. Any topic related to the field of psychedelics is welcome. Our only requirement is that presenters must be graduate students (including medical students), recent grad students, or early career researchers/clinicians. Please indicate in your submission which format you prefer to present in – the “flash presentation session” or “virtual poster session.” In addition to the description, we ask that you share a short bio and your inspiration behind this work! Selected participants will be notified by November 1, 2020, and time slots will be scheduled accordingly.

Psychedelic Social Justice Collective 

The Psychedelic Social Justice Collective (PSJC) was created as a platform for all individuals interested in the psychedelic field who feel empowered and inspired towards imagining what applying a social justice lens might look like in the form of a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and inclusive community. The intention is to connect with people all over the world who are interested in prioritizing advocacy, harm reduction, justice, equity, inclusion, and access in a respectful, compassionate, and collaborative way. PSJC is a space to develop unlikely connections and friendships, learn from other disciplines, share knowledge, and develop solutions as a community. In this respect, PSJC can be used to network with individuals globally regarding research interests, current and future studies, advocacy and psychedelic events, substance policy, ancient and indigenous rituals, art, spirituality, consciousness, and potential future opportunities in the psychedelic field. Addressing some of the social justice issues we currently face in psychedelic science will take a community passionate about doing the work. This kind of work can be especially fatiguing so having a community where you can receive support is imperative. If any of that resonated with you feel free to check PSJC out, we’d be happy to have you!

PSJC spawned out of a discussion about diversity and inclusion, held on the MAPS Grad Listserve and was established by Kaylie Tejeda de Wolffe, a PhD student at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Connect with PSJC @ their Discord:

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