As one individual, you may feel you have relatively little power to effect change. But membership in a large organization of like-minded professionals can help you not only advocate for the issues that matter to you, but often see major results.
Joining an organization that’s working for your best interests not only allows you to support the causes that matter to you, but it provides an outlet where your voice as a professional is heard.
“There is a lot of evidence that our democracy is based on having citizens connected with one another,” says Pamela Paxton, a sociology professor from The University of Texas at Austin. “When we connect with one another in associations we learn that our self interest is actually connected to the interests of others. That gives us a conception of the public good, common identity, and sense of common responsibility as a nation and as citizens.”