Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Psychology Department Values Statement

We present these values in the active voice, to give clarity and transparency to what we are working towards as a Department. In the Department of Psychology, we acknowledge the historical and systemic inequities that exist within our department, the field, academia, and society at large. We strive to collaboratively construct an inviting, respectful, safe, and inclusive learning community for students, faculty, and staff. We seek to develop skills to disrupt past and current injustices through our teaching, research, service, and interpersonal interactions. We encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in innovative, ethical, anti-racist scholarship and education towards the mission of creating a more socially just world.

Ongoing ADEI Goals

Below, we list our goals for the upcoming academic year. Some of these goals are a continuation of previous goals we hope to build upon, and some are new goals we hope to make progress on this year.

  • Consult with search committees throughout the hiring process and build upon the work that has been done to improve our recruitment of a deep and diverse applicant pool.
  • Continue to consult with the department regarding equitable service workloads for faculty, and use the new service dashboard to examine disparities in workload assignments.
  • Further improve the IDEA section of the Psychology website and work to share more resources with all psychology stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Cross-Cultural Research to highlight the work of visiting scholars and improve student access to psychologists of color.
  • Continue to support faculty to continue to decolonize and indigenize their classrooms and other interactions with students (i.e., labs, advising, clubs).
  • Assist the department to increase equity in advising and improving access to information about graduate school and careers in psychology after graduation.
  • Connect with other ADEI groups on campus and the new WWU Office of Equity to share information and strategies.
  • Ensure integration of IDEA related criteria in faculty evaluation by serving in a consulting role with the Department Evaluation Plan task force.
  • Design an equitable process for IDEA consultation with other department committees.
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IDEA Committee

  • Antonya Gonzalez
  • Michi Matsukura
  • Jackie Rose
  • Kate McLean
  • Shaun Sowell
  • Michael Warren