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.

2021-22 DEI Goals:

  • Support department leadership in revising our admission requirements to a more holistic approach (that doesn’t focus on GPA alone).
  • Support the Cognitive Search Committee in recruitment of a deep and diverse pool of applicants (including but not limited to help with the hiring announcement, ways in which bias may impact application review, and faculty-wide recommendations on how to support applicants when they visit campus). Support the Search Committee by providing advice on the evaluation rubric and updated information to guide the interview process.
  • Review and support of equitable service workload for faculty. Preliminary data has been collected and evidence-based recommendations need to be made to address inequitable service amongst faculty (see O’Meara et al., 2021). This does/will have an impact on marginalized faculty members’ experience within the department, ultimately impacting students.
  • Develop and share an IDEA section of the Psychology website to promote the work we are doing in a transparent manner, while providing a space to share resources with students, staff and faculty.
  • Increase departmental awareness and representation of BIPOC psychologists (particularly Black and Indigenous scholars) doing original and innovative work in Psychology.
  • Support the new BIPOC Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience student group.
  • Continue to develop and host department Brown Bag meetings, about 3 times a quarter, for faculty to consult, support, teach, and promote growth through IDEA related topics.
  • Support faculty to continue to decolonize and indigenize their classrooms and other interactions with students (i.e., labs, advising, clubs).
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Questions or thoughts? Email us at IDEA.psych@wwu.edu

21-22 IDEA Committee

  • Brianna Delker
  • Anne Fast
  • Antonya Gonzalez
  • Ira Hyman
  • Kate McLean
  • Jackie Rose
  • Shaun Sowell