The Webster Educational & School Psychology Association (WESPA) is a newer group at Webster University that is passionate about advocating for children’s rights, and aims to have a positive impact on campus, and in the community.
WESPA Vice president, Samra Sahbegovic, summed up the mission of the association by saying;
WESPA was created out of the need to support students in the educational psychology program here at Webster. We work together to better serve students, raise awareness of issues within the field, and collaborate as future leaders in schools. We promote ethical practices by supporting the professionalism and standards that our field demands. Finally, we promote a person-first attitude for students in school.
We are primarily made of graduate students in the MA for Applied Educational Psychology or EdS School Psychology program. However, we are inviting all majors (undergraduate and graduate) to become involved and work together with us through various future workshops, conferences, and volunteer opportunities. We always put children and children’s needs first, and we care deeply about – the mental health and well being of children. We plan to have a direct impact on children’s health and well-being as students through practicums, internships, volunteerism and ultimately as professionals in various fields. We care deeply about our community. Our community consists of children, families, and schools – which is why we are passionate about working in our community (volunteering). It is our collective goal to bring positive change and support while always standing up for the well being of families and children in our community and schools.
WESPA recently participated in the Festival of Nations that was held in Tower Grove Park. Their participation in the festival was not only beneficial to the international community in St. Louis, but helped raise awareness about Webster University’s School of Education and its variety of programs.
The association is open for anybody to join, regardless of their major or career. The group plans on having monthly meetups, so be sure to keep an eye open for their next event and come get involved!
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A series of videos were also created by the Applied Educational Psychology program that emphasize the association’s support for international children’s rights.
Webster University and Child Rights: Guiding Principles
Webster University and Child Rights: Provision Rights
Webster University and Child Rights: Protection Rights