NebTOPSS Conference
The Nebraska Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (NebTOPSS) will be holding a psychology conference on June 3 , 2021 at the Don Clifton Professional Learning Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. TOPSS is an APA organization that promotes excellence in the teaching of psychological science at the high school level ( Any teacher within driving distance of Lincoln is welcome to attend. The conference details are below; this year's conference is focused on social psychology.
Our Purpose
To provide an opportunity for Nebraska high school psychology teachers to participate in psychology-specific professional development as well as share resources and network with other local psychology teachers.
Event Information
Date and time: June 3, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast and lunch provided)
Location: The Don Clifton Professional Learning Center (room 103/103A)
Registration cost (before May 17, 2021): $25
Late registration cost (after May 17, 2021): $35
Contact: Lindsey Herting at
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda
Cynthia Esqueda received the PhD in Social Psychology from University of Kansas and has been a member of the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Ethnic Studies since 1991. She is a faculty member in both the Social Psychology and Psychology/Law Programs. Dr. Esqueda's research interests are focused on the motivations for and cognitive processes about "race" and ethnic bias, particularly against America's indigenous populations (Mexican Americans and American Indians). Dr. Esqueda and her students maintain an interest in the manifestations of bias at the individual (internalized stigma, self-conceptions, self-esteem), cultural (images, stereotypes, cultural traditions), and structural (law, education, political) levels. The research focuses on race and ethnic bias and the impact for legal process, legal outcomes, and health and well-being.

Dr. Willis Esqueda teaches a graduate professional seminar in Social Psychology that provides an overview of the theoretical foundations of social psychology, as well as current research issues in the field. Dr. Willis Esqueda teaches a graduate seminar in the Psychology of Race and Ethnicity and an undergraduate course in the Psychology of Racism. She teaches the Psychology of Immigration, as well.

Dr. Willis Esqueda serves on the Office of Minority Health's Region VII Health Disparities Committee. She also is a member of the Minority Affairs Committee for the American Psychology/Law Society. She is the chair of the Department's Sarata Diversity Enhancement Committee. This committee promotes diversity within the department in general, and within psychology as a discipline. The Department has a graduate minor in Diversity, and Dr. Willis Esqueda serves as the faculty advisor for this minor. The committee also provides an annual research award, the Levine Diversity Research Enhancement Award, to a graduate student and an undergraduate student who have made contributions to understanding diversity issues in psychology. She is the university representative to the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Dr. Willis Esqueda holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Ethnic Studies. She is an affiliated faculty member in Latino and Latin American Studies. She served as the Coordinator for Native American Studies from 1997 to 2005.

Lab site: Race and Ethnic Psychology Lab (
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NebTOPSS will offer a virtual option for attendees this year. Do you plan on attending the conference in person or via Zoom? For in person attendees, face masks will be required. *
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