Zenzi Huysmans, sport and exercise psychology PhD student, recently received the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Diversity Conference Travel Grant. Huysmans, from Swaziland, a small country in South East Africa, is excited about the opportunity.
The grant provides racially and ethnically diverse students, with a developing interest in sport and exercise psychology, the chance to learn more about the field, develop professional connection within AASP, and also attend the annual conference in October.
Huysmans’ academic advisor, Dr. Damien Clement, provided a letter of recommendation. Clement is an AASP member who advocates for increased grants and other opportunities specifically designed to promote diversity in the association.
“I am aiming to return home to Swaziland to create my own youth sport program that combines sport with health behavior change initiatives such as HIV prevention,” explained Huysmans.