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