We understand diversity to refer to the ways in which individuals may differ according to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, class, and religion, among other factors.
We understand climate to refer to the way it feels to be at the Department of Psychology, as faculty, student, or staff. It's the way people interact with each other. It's the working and learning environment. It's the extent to which each individual is valued and respected independent of the factors listed above.
We have a standing Committee on Climate and Diversity charged with seeking to improve the climate in the Department, to increase the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff, and to create opportunities designed to increase the diversity of the next generation of academic psychologists.
Initiatives currently underway:
Climate & Diversity Day is an annual event that features a distinguished guest or one of our own faculty with expertise in diversity-related research. Events include a department-wide roundtable discussion focused on practical issues related to climate and diversity, and a scholarly talk by our featured guest. See Recent and upcoming events
We have conducted a climate survey of the department and have used what we've learned to advise the Chair on a variety of departmental policies and initiatives. Results of the survey have also led to the development of a Department of Psychology Climate Handbook, a copy of which can be obtained from the Chair's office.
Beginning with the summer of 2011 we have relaunched our highly successful Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP), an intensive 9-week mentored research program for undergradutes from populations that have historically been underrepresented in psychology: racial and ethnic minorities, low income, and first-generation college students. More details will soon be linked to this page.
We host summer lab tours for visiting McNair scholars.
Of relevance to graduate students:
We aggressively pursue funding opportunities for qualifying students for UW-based Advance Opportunity Fellowships and federal and private external sources.
We have successfully helped several students secure Ford Foundation fellowships
Each summer we provide supplemental fellowship support to graduate students from underrepresented groups with funds from the NSF-AGEP grant.
Related links and other resources:
The UW Graduate School's Diversity Resources page
Department of Psychology's sexual harassment contact person:
Department of Psychology Committee on Climate & Diversity: