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Diversity Training Committee


The Clinical Psychology program is strongly committed to issues of diversity. In 1998, the Diversity Training Committee was established as a joint faculty-student effort to facilitate training in diversity issues and to evaluate our diversity training.

In 2002, the Diversity Training Committee adopted the following mission statement: “The mission of the Diversity Training Committee is to foster an atmosphere that promotes open dialogue about cultural issues and to develop the Clinical Psychology program into an exemplary model for producing culturally competent practitioners and researchers.”

We recognize there are many aspects of diversity, including differences among dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, cultural, language, socioeconomic status, age, geography, national original, and physical ability. We recognize that any given individual may identify along more than one of these dimension.

Our major goals and specific tasks directed to accomplishing these goals:

  • Draw attention to the ways in which we, as researchers, clinicians, and teachers, can incorporate a greater understanding of diversity into our multiple professional roles¬†
    • Hold seminars aimed at the development of case conceptualization skills for working with a diverse clientele
    • Include a focus on diversity in professional development seminars
    • Organize activities to increase awareness of issues associated with dimensions of our own multicultural identities in relation to our work
  • Promote diversity among faculty and students of our department
    • Recruit minority member faculty and students
    • Host activities geared toward minority individuals as a part of the applicant interview weekend
  • Encourage integration of diversity training throughout our curriculum
    • Have faculty who serve on the committee take part in the decision-making about curriculum planning at faculty meetings, with diversity training goals in mind
    • Periodically assess the extent to which students and faculty feel that we are meeting our diversity training goals
    • Support faculty who offer training opportunities related to our goals
  • Promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity¬†
    • Host film and discussions on diversity topics
    • Inform students and faculty via listservs of special events and diversity training opportunities

The Diversity Training Committee is open to any and all feedback about ways we can best serve the Department in accordance with our goals. Ideas for training, speakers, events, and other opportunities may be sent to any member of the committee and will be discussed at our next committee member.