TSPA turns one today, and we’d like to pause and celebrate the community we are building together. As we reflect back on this past year, it’s safe to say that the Year 1 we got was really different from the Year 1 we’d planned. For so many of our members, the past 365 days have been some of the most difficult days of their lives. Between political upheaval, racist attacks and murders, financial uncertainty, and the anxiety, isolation, and suffering wrought by a pandemic that is still with us—well, it feels a little silly to write a birthday post, doesn’t it? But in this field, we often fault ourselves for not stopping to celebrate the wins – so today, we want to stop and celebrate this community and all that we have accomplished together in the past year.
In the last year, hundreds of TSPA members have attended and presented at our events. They made the time to connect in our small group conversations. They spent hours volunteering in our working groups. They generously counseled fellow members who are new to the field (and even hired some of them!) Here at TSPA, we’ve managed a lot of the logistics—introductions, events, resources, etc.—but it’s our members who have really made it work. (And virtually, at that!)
A year ago, TSPA was a new idea by our founders, who realized that trust and safety professionals needed a space to connect, to learn, and to grow. In just one year, we have signed on 13 founding supporters and 7 annual supporters—and thousands of members around the world. We are so grateful to be celebrating our birthday with this community, and we can’t wait to see each other (for real!) in our second year.