The department organizes numerous of events and opportunities each year for current and prospective students that support the mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Some examples include:
Stepping into Graduate School in Psychology
The department of Psychology hosted Stepping into Graduate School in Psychology in September 2017. Twenty exceptional, prospective doctoral students from across the U.S. with a strong interest in conducting diversity research were selected to receive travel reimbursement to attend the full-day program. Participants received hands-on assistance in developing a competitive graduate school application, listened to the diverse career paths and personal stories of current graduate students, learned about diversity-focused research projects taking place in the psychology department, and participated in a diversity workshop. Attendees also had opportunities to interact with faculty and graduate students throughout the day.
Annual Diversity and Inclusion Survey
As part of the Department’s commitment to cultivating and ensuring an inclusive, equitable environment, we ask all graduate students in the Clinical Program to anonymously complete the Multicultural Environment Inventory – Revised (Pope-Davis, Liu, Nevitt, & Toporek, 2000) each year. The MEI-R is designed to assess an individual’s perceptions about the degree to which graduate programs address multicultural issues within curriculum, supervision, climate and research.
Psychology Department’s Distinguished Speaker Series
In March 2018, Alice Eagly, Ph.D., eminent social psychology professor at Northwestern University, gave a lecture entitled “The Social Roles of Women and Men Guide the Psychology of Gender.” In her talk, Dr. Eagly showed empirical evidence that, although perceptions towards women (vs. men) have changed in some respects in recent decades, they remain unchanged in others. Specifically, although women are generally perceived to be more competent than men, they continue to be viewed as less agentic, and thus, less suitable for leadership positions. High rates of gender segregation remain with respect to the kinds of jobs women vs. men hold, even within the same field (e.g., medicine). Dr. Eagly’s talk emphasized how gender stereotypes and social roles impact societal structures and selection into specific jobs.