Diversity Steering Committee

Diversity Steering Committee

The Diversity Steering Committee is an umbrella organization of graduate students and faculty members that oversees events and diversity-related initiatives within the psychology department. For 2017-2018, faculty and graduate co-chairs are Dr. Bill George, Frances Aunon, and Adriana Germano.

We consider human diversity as referring to groups of people who experience themselves as differing on one or more of a variety of dimensions including, but not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, and disability status.

Our overall goal is to encourage and foster the growth and maintenance of a diverse academic community by:

  1. Encouraging and supporting research on diversity science;
  2. Encouraging the development of diversity related curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  3. Overseeing the graduate-level Diversity Science Specialization;
  4. Addressing the issues and concerns of students and faculty within the department on issues of enrollment, retention, and curriculum, as well as larger societal concerns.

We hold quarterly meetings and maintain a listserv. Anyone is welcome to attend meetings and joint the listserv; please email us for more information.

Diversity Science

A comprehensive understanding of human behavior requires examination of the meaningful differences between and among people across the diversity of human experience. These differences are often rooted in current and historical experiences of oppression and prejudice that have disproportionately devalued people of different identities including, but not exclusive to, races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, gender-identifications, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses. The goal of the Diversity Science Specialization is to inform our understanding of human behavior and develop competency in the following areas:

  1. The unique and intersecting psychologies and perspectives of underrepresented groups.
  2. Psychological processes that contribute to the development of identity and bias.
  3. Exploring, identifying, and questioning biases within our own research and the field at large.
  4. The development of psychological services and empirical investigations that are applicable to and implementable in marginalized communities.