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Diversity and Inclusion

Mission

The Department of Psychology at Tulane University affirms our ongoing commitment to embedding diversity in our department community, research, curriculum, professional training, and program assessment. We recognize diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences in race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, age, socioeconomic background, and the intersectionality of these identities. We further affirm that embracing diversity is the cornerstone of our inclusive department climate, a critical goal in the recruitment of faculty, students, and staff, and essential to community outreach and partnerships.

Goals

The Tulane University Department of Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Committee was created in December 2017 to uphold the work of the department’s diversity mission by introducing and maintaining a culture of inclusion with incoming and current graduate students and faculty, by actively seeking out and disseminating opportunities for diversity-focused department events, by promoting visibility of diversity-focused research, community, and teaching in the department, and by addressing concerns and suggestions about the diversity climate of the department.

Committee Members

Members of the standing committee comprise three regular full-time faculty, four elected doctoral level graduate students composed of two members from School Psychology and two members from Psychological Science. In addition, a Master’s level graduate student from the Behavioral Health or Psychological Science programs may be elected. Graduate student members serve staggered one- or two-year terms and are elected by a majority vote of their peers.

Institutional Partners

The Tulane University Department of Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to partner with related institutional centers and initiatives, including the Center for Academic Equity, the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, Newcomb College Institute, the O (the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and for Gender and Sexual Diversity), and the Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values.

Research

The Department of Psychology is committed to embedding diversity in our research. This commitment includes the inclusion of research participants who identify as members of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, linguistic, national, religious, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, and ability groups. This commitment also includes examination of the factors that exacerbate and mitigate group disparities and discrimination. Examples of relevant research by School/Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology faculty can be found here

Public Policy and National Organization Statements

Our national organizations (e.g., the American Psychological Association) periodically issue public statements, briefs, and reports on issues relevant to our diversity mission. They are linked here.

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