The Diversity Committee's mission is to facilitate and maintain the Department's commitment to diversity in research, teaching, and service. This includes five specific functions:
- Serving as a forum for diversity related issues;
- Working to develop, establish, and maintain policies to increase minority and underrepresented populations representation in psychology;
- Promoting the teaching and understanding of diversity;
- Providing expertise for and promoting research that seeks to understand the meaning of diversity or particular phenomena across cultural groups, and
- Serving as a support system for minority and underrepresented students and faculty in the Department. The Diversity Committee consists of three faculty members and an open number of graduate student representatives.
Our Commitment to Diversity
In 1967, the Diversity Committee was established as a formal organization in the Department
to promote minority issues and minority recruitment. In 1992, the Department created
the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) to provide research experience and
professional development training to underrepresented students in psychology. In 1998,
the Department of Psychology was honored with a University of Utah Diversity Award
in recognition of the Department's "leadership and commitment to enhance diversity
and expand opportunities for students, faculty, and staff."
In 2008-2009 school year, the Psychology Department was named the Ally Department of the Year by the LGBT Resource Center for our ongoing support of the center. The LGBT Resource Center provides educational and social programs, support services, and resources for LGBT students, staff, faculty, alumni and the entire campus community at the University of Utah.