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Statement on Reproductive Justice

Dear Utah AWP Community,

We, like many of you, are deeply disturbed at the recent SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. As an organization whose vision is “equitable access to mental health for all”, this decision by SCOTUS is a direct attack on those with uteruses and further increases sexism and misogyny within a state that has been ranked as “the worst state” for women to live in, (Madsen & Madsen, 2021). Furthermore, this decision will disproportionately impact those experiencing other forms of systemic oppression. We recognize the devastating impact that this decision will have on countless individuals and families, including our own members. Utah-AWP exists to support those providing direct mental health support in our community, we know that our members will directly experience the trauma this decision is causing. 

Let us be clear, as an organization rooted in feminist-multicultural social justice values we firmly support reproductive freedom and choice. Reproductive freedom leads to increased personal empowerment, self determination, and safety; these are pillars of overall mental health and well-being. We strongly believe that abortion is a medical right, one which should be left to individuals and their doctors to control. This decision is a gross governmental overreach, an abuse of power that will have a multi-generational impact.  

Although this decision has derailed the progression of civil rights, we will not sit idly by and will work towards collective efforts to reclaim and further improve these rights for all. Roe v. Wade was the result of grassroots activism, we must return to this collective organizing. Healing from trauma requires community witnessing and healing; this is the framework necessary for collective change. We affirm the power of community, connection and healing and invite the AWP community to unite our collective power in support, healing, and change. 

In solidarity, 

Your Utah-AWP Implementation Collective

P.S. We are hosting a community conversation about this decision on July 1st. To learn more about this “Potluck and Talk” click here.

Big Changes at Utah AWP

Exciting changes are coming to the Utah Chapter of AWP! After a year of dialogues and learning on the topic of “Dismantling White Supremacy” we have taken notes and are making some structural changes to our chapter. Utah AWP is committed to mobilizing the power and passion of our membership to support activism and advocacy that promotes our vision of equitable access to mental health and wellbeing for all. 

In 2022 we will be launching two new groups of Utah AWP, an Activism Caucus and a BIPOC Advisory Council. These two groups will help guide our focus on initiatives that will transform Utah’s mental health system to address structural oppression and discrimination. If you are interested in joining either of these groups, please submit your expression of interest at this link. We are looking to build and recruit Implementation Collective members and caucus participants. 

Changes on the Implementation Collective  

Our Implementation Collective is growing and changing as we embark on these changes at Utah AWP. Chapter co-founder and long-time Implementation Collective Member (affectionately known as IMP’s) Donna Hawxhurst has retired her position as Co-Coordinator after 26 years as an active member of our chapter. On behalf of Utah AWP, we extend a huge thanks to Donna for her years of mentorship, activism, and wisdom. Donna will continue to be an active member of Utah AWP as an IMP Emerita. Current IMP Amber Choruby Whiteley will take over as a Co-Coordinator (CoCo) with current CoCo Denise Francis Montaño. 

Donna Hawxhurst, retiring Co-Coordinator of Utah AWP

We are thrilled to welcome a new IMP, Katherine Aguilera, into our collective as the Membership Coordinator. Katherine joins us with years of programming design and implementation experience, you can learn more about her and our current Implementation Collective on our website.

Black Lives Matter

The Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology is committed to promoting equity and justice throughout the systems of mental health in our state. Along with our parent organization, the national Association for Women in Psychology, we enthusiastically support the Movement for Black Lives.

The Utah AWP chapter has chosen to explore the theme “Dismantling White Supremacy from Within” for our 2020-2021 programming year in an effort to address the systemic issues of racism and white supremacy within our community and ourselves. Learn more about this programming here.

To access the full statement of support for the Movement for Black Lives from our parent organization, click here.

Honoring Dr. Susan L. Morrow

On Saturday, December 22, 2018 Dr. Susan L. Morrow, PhD, 76, died peacefully at her Salt Lake City home. Dr. Morrow, or Sue as most of us called her, co-founded the Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) and left her mark on every individual and community she touched.


Sue with her spouse Donna

Utah AWP Co-Coordinator Dr. Denise E. Francis-Montaño shared the following about Sue’s legacy. “Sue helped me see myself, a Black woman, and others in a different light, from a non-deficit perspective. She was part of a sister circle who helped me understand and practice true inclusion and social justice. Sue walked the non-deficit approach talk; she modeled looking for and finding the strengths and abilities in me as a student. She took the time to instruct my academic writing, something no other faculty in my undergraduate years did. As an unwavering feminist multicultural faculty, practitioner, trainer, presenter, mentor, human; Sue collaborated with many to bring creative ways of having difficult dialogues to the table i.e., Pie and more Pie.”


Susan Lyons, Utah AWP Programming Coordinator and founding member shared the following  about Sue and her role in Utah AWP, “Until Sue and Donna moved to Salt Lake City, I had never heard of AWP. I was a feminist therapist without a community. AWP has made a positive  difference in my professional and personal life. We would not have an active AWP chapter in Utah if it had not been for Sue, and Donna. Sue contributed so much, as a mentor to many students and to the feminist, multicultural  and LGBT community. It is hard to believe that she is gone. She will be greatly missed.”

On Sunday, January 6th those who loved and learned from Sue gathered all over the country to raise a glass in her memory. Many shared photos of their toasts to Sue (see below) on social media.


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Sue’s obituary can be found here. Text from her obituary is included below.

Dr. Susan L. Morrow, PhD, 76, died peacefully at her Salt Lake City home on Saturday, December 22. Sue was born November 18, 1942, to the late Helen and Howard Rodekohr and was elder sister to Steve and the late Chuck Rodekohr.
She married her spouse, Dr. Donna Hawxhurst, in 2014, after 38 years as life partners, collaborators, and activists in their community and beyond.

Sue was a lifelong advocate for equality, social change and cross-cultural understanding.  She was Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology from University of Utah, where she taught from 1993 to 2019, after receiving her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1992. She was well known in her field of Feminist Qualitative Research, Counseling Psychology and Social Justice and received many awards throughout her career.  She was an active member of both national and local Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) chapters and co-coordinated three national conferences.

Beyond her life as an influential educator, mentor,and groundbreaking scientist, she was a mother to Andrei and Christina.  She was Second Violin in the Tempe, Arizona Symphony Orchestra and could be heard playing her violin at home in duet with Donna at piano. She had a strong connection to the natural world and deep love for the Grand Canyon and Colorado River made her heart sing. Sue was known for her joie de vivre, amazing hugs, laugh, strength and kindness.

She is remembered by the many people whose lives she has touched, including her spouse, Donna; son, Andrei Hedstrom; daughter, Christina Hedstrom; brother, Steve Rodekohr; daughter-in-law, Sherry Hedstrom; heart daughter, Gabrielle Freedom; granddaughters, Raine Hedstrom and Michaela Freedom; as well as her sisters-in-law and seven nieces.

Call for Scholarships

The Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) is dedicated to supporting education and leadership opportunities for our members. Membership fees are collected to support scholarships to the national AWP conference, held annually each March.

The Utah AWP Implementation Collective (IMPS) is now accepting applications for scholarships to our members who hope to attend the 2017 AWP Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 2-5, 2017. The conference theme is “What Color is you Collar? Privilege, Power, and Social Class.” You can obtain information on the 2017 AWP conference site at .

The full call for scholarships, including instructions on how to apply, can be found below. We welcome your applications by or before December 19th. 

Utah Association for Women in Psychology

AWP Conference Scholarship Information & Application

AWP Conference 2017, Milwaukee, March 2nd–5th

The 2017 AWP Annual Conference will be held in Milwaukee the first week in March. Follow the link below for complete information & the call for proposals, available on the conference webpage and accepted until November 1, 1016. The conference theme is “What Color is your Collar? Privilege, Power, & Social Class.”

There are a number of scholarship options for the AWP Annual Conference.  Scholarship support from national AWP includes discounted shared hotel rooms, options for volunteer exchange by providing services on site, reduced conference fees for people with limited financial resources, and possible assistance through cash reimbursements, depending on the conference site. You can obtain all of this information on the 2017 AWP conference site at . From the conference website you can get information about applying for financial aid by accessing the registration information on the top bar of the page.

Utah AWP hopes to provide financial support to those who would otherwise have difficulty attending the AWP Conference.  The amounts awarded will be based on number of qualified applicants, amount requested, and need. We would hope to support as many applicants as possible. In submitting your application please be mindful of our hope to make this conference available to those who could not attend without some level of financial support   You must be a Utah AWP member (this is a separate membership from national AWP) in order to apply for a conference scholarship. To become a member of Utah AWP, visit the Utah AWP website at . If you are unsure of your membership status you may contact Mindy MacDougall (

Priority for funding will be given based on financial need and membership in Utah AWP. Students, people of underrepresented groups, first-time AWP Conference presenters, other AWP Conference Presenters, and individuals who have contributed through service to Utah or national AWP will receive special consideration.


To apply for scholarship funds from Utah AWP, please provide the following information in an email directed to Donna Hawxhurst (  before December 19, 2016:


E-mail Address:

Are you a Utah AWP member?

Have you submitted a proposal to present at this year’s AWP Conference?

Title of proposed or accepted presentation:

Are you a first-time proposer/presenter?

If you consider yourself to be a member of an “underrepresented group,” please describe (Optional):

Briefly describe your need for funding for this conference (e.g., limited income due to student or retirement status; sole support of children or parents; limited income profession; partial employment, etc.).

How much scholarship money are you requesting?

What other sources of funding have you applied for or have you been informed you will receive? Please include amounts.

Donation Drive Day 5: Why Utah AWP Matters (to me)

As we near the end of our Utah AWP donation drive, after 4 days of posts about the many programs and resources Utah AWP offers, we hope you understand why we ask for your monetary support. For those of you who have not yet taken the step to become a member or make a donation, I would like to talk more personally about why Utah AWP matters to me.

I became active with Utah AWP as a graduate student in 2012. My immediate experience was relief. Going into my third year of graduate school, I was already feeling burned out and unsure about my identity as a clinician. While I loved the idea of being a therapist, when I put theory into practice it was falling short. I knew I wanted to work one-on-one in the micro-level clinical setting, however I wasn’t sure what to do about my passion for activism and systemic change. When I engaged with others in my field about these issues, I felt like a “Debbie Downer.”

When I found Utah AWP it felt like home. My identity as a therapist was validated, and over time I have found opportunities within AWP to grow and expand my skills as both a clinician and an activist. I have learned how to identify my orientation as a intersectional feminist practitioner. I have found community.

In March of 2014 I attended a national AWP conference in San Francisco where I had the pleasure of connecting with my AWP community and meeting the incredible Angela Davis (pictured above). This has been a highlight of my career, and it would not have been possible without my connection to Utah AWP.

I support Utah AWP because it has allowed me to holistically approach the work that I do, and I want others to have similar experiences. Please consider becoming a member or making a donation today. Your money will provide scholarships for the 2015 national AWP conference, providing connection and community for professionals or students with limited means.

Share in the comments below why Utah AWP matters to you, and don’t forget to visit our donation drive page to become a member or make your donation today!

With warmth and solidarity,

Mara Haight, Utah AWP Membership Coordinator

Donation Drive Day 4 – Join the Utah AWP Community

Utah’s Association of Women in Psychology (UT AWP) is community.

Individual: My name is Amanda. I am a brown, Latina/Boriqua-identified, mixed heritage, mixed identity, cis-gender female.  I am currently a Certified Social Worker and an “IMP” (Implementation Team Member) for UT AWP.  I came across AWP in a time when I was feeling a void in my life, a void that was previously filled by strong people who held thoughts of social justice in their daily strides.  When I met UT AWP I will admit that I felt intimidated by the minds in the room, but I also felt immediately at home.  The niche that I was looking for, the void that I was feeling was suddenly filled.  Within this niche, I feel as though I can reach out whenever I need to in either a professional or personal capacity, to discuss the more raw parts of justice in our Utah community; it can at times, be a challenge.  I sincerely hope that this short statement might encourage you all to consider joining our collective.  Expanding the size of this niche will only encourage its potential to create change.

Micro: As a psychologist, a social worker, a counselor, a coach, a teacher, an advocate, an activist, or an interested community person, you are welcome to participate in the many activities that UT AWP has to offer.  There are a number of ways to get involved: you can attend a presentation or a conference, suggest a future presentation, conference topic or social, or represent Utah by attending our national conference!

Mezzo: UT AWP and its over 400 community connections often utilizes local resources to make presentations, conferences, and socials come to life.  We have many agencies to thank for this continued support – too many to mention – however, we do request that you all acknowledge yourselves if you are reading this.  Please give yourself a shout out if you are a member of a community agency that has recently supported UT AWP via our Facebook Page.  Link here:

Macro: UT AWP was created to support macro-level feminist, social justice work.  At national conference last year, Dr. Angela Davis said, “often what is the most marginal issue is actually the most central issue.”  Although AWP members across generations may have been lived differing experiences or meanings of feminism and/or social justice, this quote seemed to stick with all of us in some way.  It has aligned us in our work nationally and reminded us to find and focus on the “most central issue.”

We hope that you will join the Utah AWP collective at AWP’s national conference this year in Pittsburgh, PA!

As part of the UT AWP Membership Drive, we hope that you all will join our community. Become a member or make a donation by visiting our event page at

Donation Drive 3 – Meet the Women who benefit from our Scholarships!

We would like to highlight our past AWP scholarship recipients in this post. You’ll find information about them, as well as information about what the scholarships enabled them to accomplish. We think you’ll agree that they’re incredible women who are doing incredible things!

Meet Claudia:


What was the national AWP conference like?

Rejuvenating! As a WOC social worker, Being around other women who are committed to healing and social justice was very comforting. Being able to attend the women of color caucus refueled some much needed energy and sparked new ideas that I could apply to my job as a youth worker. Being able to have critical conversations about the gap between research and practice was also a highlight for me, and I was able to apply knowledge learned from others into my own practice. The location in a diverse city was a bonus! Racial battle fatigue can get me down, so it was nice to walk around the city and not be so on guard for racial micro aggressions.

What was your favorite part of the conference?

Angela Davis, to be able to hear from and meet such a radical feminist that helped shape my identity as a Chicana feminist!

What did the scholarship funds that you received mean to you?

The scholarship meant I could attend, and that there would be more women of color in attendance! I worked for a small program funded by a grant so funding was not available to me. Additionally, I am a single parent and don’t make much money, so I was only able to attend because I received a scholarship, and meant a lot to me. In AWP we often talk about self care, and attending the conference meant so much to me to share space with incredible womyn, network, learn, and reflect. These are all ways that I do self care and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend and engage. Thanks again selection committee!

Meet Amber:


What has your experience being a member of Utah-AWP been like?

I love our local chapter here in Utah! It’s an uplifting experience to be able to be around other women who care about the same social issues that I do, and are able to tie in social issues in with their professional work. I am continuously learning from the programs that I attend.

What was the national AWP conference like?

So uplifting and rejuvenating! As much as I love our local chapter here in Utah, there is something really special and envigorating being able to be around women all over the country who are giving feminist-centered presentations on their feminist-centered research. Being able to attend the national conference really inspired me in my own research and practice.

What was your favorite part of the conference?

I enjoyed being able to connect and network with other women. One of my favorite parts of the conference were the socials when we had free time to discuss how each of us were inspired by the presentations that each of us went to.

What did the scholarship funds that you received mean to you?

I wouldn’t have been able to attend the conference had it not been for the scholarship funds! As a young graduate student with a 2 year old daughter, any extra money in my budget often goes to my daughters’ needs. Having this scholarship meant that I was able to attend and be inspired by the conference. Now I’m presenting at the national conference this year! I can’t wait to go back.

Day 2 of Donation Drive Week

One of Utah AWP’s most popular offerings is our community list serve. Our list, which serves over 400 members, allows us to connect individuals across disciplines at no cost. The list is used to facilitate referrals, share thoughts and readings, and ask questions to advance our practice.

While many similar lists limit use to paying members, Utah AWP values the open and accessible nature of our list. This means that out of our 400 plus members only 40 are paying members of Utah AWP.

If you are one of this non-paying members of the Utah AWP list serve, please consider donating to our organization today. If all of our list users donated just $10 we would exceed our fundraising goal of $3,000.

Day 1 of Donation Drive Week!

It’s donation drive week, and that means that we will be posting daily to highlight the many reasons to support the Utah Association for Women in Psychology. Join us as we raise funds to provide scholarships to our national AWP conference. Our goal is to raise $3,000 over the next 7 days. We know that we can make this happen, and we will need your support.

So you need a reason to support the Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology? How about our incredible programming?! The Implementation Collective of Utah AWP volunteers countless hours to organize and facilitate quality programming. All programs are free and open to the public.

A few of our past programs include:

  • Film screening of Orgasm, Inc.
  • Feminist Approaches to Trauma Therapy with Melinda Pettingill and Mara Haight
  • Panel discussion on Mormon Feminism
  • Anti-discrimination Response Training with Irene Ota and McCall Izatt
  • Panel on Inclusion in Action
  • Community-Oriented Policing with Sgt. Charli Goodman
  • Coaching and Psychotherapy with Lyn Christian
  • Panel on Understanding our Perceptions of Disability
  • Yoga and Psychotherapy with Lisa Mountain and Leslie Czerwinski


Upcoming sessions for the 2015-2016 programming year include:

  • January 8, 2016 – Multicultural Counseling with Karen Tao
  • March 11, 2016 – Well-Being of Women in Utah with Anne Burkholder


If you value the fabulous programming sessions Utah AWP offers, please support our continued efforts by becoming a member today. If you are already a member, you can still show your support by donating an amount that fits the value you find in Utah AWP. We need your support to continue offering a space for feminist practitioners to connect, learn, and grow. We might even throw in an incentive or two with your donation. So check out our donation drive page and make your donation today!