Diversity Mission Statement

The Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University values diversity and is committed to (1) recruiting and retaining faculty members, students, and staff from various backgrounds, and (2) contributing to research and education that emphasizes multicultural issues. Diversity is broadly defined to include (but is not limited to) race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, religion, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Members in the Department strive to create and maintain an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment, and to embrace individual and group differences. We strongly believe that diversity informs the best practices in research, teaching, clinical practice, and social justice in our profession.

We seek to:

  •  Actively recruit and retain faculty members, students, and staff from historically underrepresented populations and diverse sociocultural backgrounds;
  • Conduct and produce high quality research that sheds light on multicultural issues across disciplines of psychology;
  • Engage in educational efforts about diversity and inclusion through multicultural-oriented classes, invited speakers, research and clinical presentations, continuing education, and other forums;
  • Represent the values of the department by supporting and engaging in social activism.