Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in Psychology: Our Responsibility and our Commitment
It has become a truism to say that diversity (in racial/ethnic group membership, gender identity/expression, language, etc.) is something to be cultivated and valued. Many reasons may be cited for this – ranging from moral or social justice concerns to practical or economic motivations – given that our world increasingly requires us to work and interact with those who may be different from us on some dimension.
A focus on diversity is particularly important for students of psychology, since psychology is the study of human experience and humans are incredibly diverse.
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M recognizes that the discipline has not always been particularly welcoming or inclusive of certain groups. Indeed, in many subfields of psychology, women faculty and members of historically disadvantaged groups in the U.S. were not allowed to get doctoral degrees until well into the 1960s and these groups continue to be under-represented at senior ranks, despite ever-growing numbers of women and members of diverse groups among undergraduate and graduate students.
At Texas A&M we are working to change this profile even as we recognize that progress is slow and incremental. We welcome your suggestions, your participation, and your support as we work towards a more inclusive environment and one that values all members of our community.
Members of the Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Committee include staff, students, and faculty representing different training areas in the department. If you are a prospective student, staff, or faculty member, or an existing member of the department and have questions or comments for us we would welcome hearing from you.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Committee members include:
Dr. Carlos Bolanos (Associate Professor, BCN)
Ms. Lisa Bowden (Academic Advisor II)
Dr. Shoshy Eitan (Associate Professor, BCN)
Dr. Mary Meagher (Chair, Professor, Clinical and BCN)
Dr. Kathi Miner (Associate Professor, I/O and Diversity Science)
Dr. Vani Mathur (Assistant Professor, Social and Personality Psychology, and Diversity Science)
Dr. Isaac Sabat (Assistant Professor, I/O and Diversity Science)
Dr. Brian Stagner (Clinical Professor, Clinical)
Dr. Jyotsna Vaid (Professor, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience and Affiliated Faculty, WGST, and Diversity Science)
Dr. Takashi Yamauchi (Associate Professor, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience)
In addition, passionate undergraduate and graduate students actively meet as part of the Psychology Department’s Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee. For the 2017-2018 academic year, these members include:
Jessica Walker (Graduate Student, I/O Psychology)
If you are a psychology student interested in joining the Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please contact Dr. Mary Meagher for more information.
Below is a list of resources relevant to diversity, climate, and inclusion and Texas A&M.
- Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
- College of Liberal Arts Climate and Diversity Committee
- ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty
- Women in Science and Engineering
- Women’s Faculty Network
- Black Faculty Alliance
- Christian Faculty Network
- Friends of India Network
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Professional Network
- International Faculty and Scholars Network
- Jewish Faculty Network
- Mexican American/Latino Faculty Association
- Muslim Faculty Network
- Aggies to Aggies (A2A) Peer Diversity Education
- Aggie Allies
- Position Statement on Rights Psychology Graduate Students
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences houses an interdisciplinary research area focused on Diversity Science that bridges traditional areas of psychology. Visit the Diversity Science webpage for more information about this area, and the people who are conducting cutting-edge research on diversity related issues.