The Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University believes that fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to achieving the education and research missions of the department. When all faculty, staff, and students have a voice and are encouraged to contribute, the core values of the department are strengthened. People from all backgrounds and perspectives have contributions to make, and the department is committed to encouraging and supporting the contributions of all its members who differ across race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance, ideas, perspectives, and values. Promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion is an active process that requires ongoing commitment and self-reflection with regard to the departmental climate, education, and research mission.
The Psychology Department strives to foster an affirming climate in which faculty, staff, and students feel included and supported in efforts to accomplish their academic and professional goals. Valuing and celebrating diversity among all department members helps foster an environment in which all individuals develop, thrive, and are productive. We take the following steps to creating a departmental climate that encourages and supports contributions of all members:
The Psychology Department is dedicated to incorporating multiple perspectives in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to ensuring that instructors, clinical supervisors, and mentors are inclusive in their teaching and training of students. Through curriculum, clinical training and practice, and service learning opportunities, the department will strive to expose students to the issues and assets experienced by various groups. These efforts are designed to increase students’ insight and sensitivity to various lived experiences and to allow them to actively engage with all people in society. Our goal is to provide a learning environment that fosters insight and sensitivity to academic, clinical, and professional activities in the following ways:
The Psychology Department is committed to conducting research that broadens scientific understanding of the influences of psychological processes in shaping everyday life. Regardless of one’s research focus, the department is committed to conducting research that is culturally competent and not exploitative of underrepresented communities. Examples include: