The Department of Psychology at Tulane University affirms our ongoing commitment to embedding diversity in our department community, research, curriculum, professional training, and program assessment. We recognize diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences in race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, age, socioeconomic background, and the intersectionality of these identities. We further affirm that embracing diversity is the cornerstone of our inclusive department climate, a critical goal in the recruitment of faculty, students, and staff, and essential to community outreach and partnerships.
The Tulane University Department of Psychology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee was created in December 2017 to uphold the work of the department’s diversity mission by introducing and maintaining a culture of inclusion with incoming and current graduate students and faculty, by actively seeking out and disseminating opportunities for diversity-focused department events, by promoting visibility of diversity-focused research, community, and teaching in the department, and by addressing concerns and suggestions about the diversity climate of the department.
Members of the standing committee comprise three regular full-time faculty, four elected doctoral level graduate students composed of two members from School Psychology and two members from Psychological Science. In addition, a Master’s level graduate student from the Behavioral Health or Psychological Science programs may be elected. Graduate student members serve staggered one- or two-year terms and are elected by a majority vote of their peers. The committee structure requires that the majority of the voting committee members be graduate students.
The Tulane University Department of Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to partner with related institutional centers and initiatives, including the Center for Academic Equity, the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, Newcomb College Institute, the Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life, and the Presidential Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The Department of Psychology is committed to embedding diversity in our research. This commitment includes the inclusion of research participants who identify as members of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, linguistic, national, religious, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, and ability groups. This commitment also includes examination of the factors that exacerbate and mitigate group disparities and discrimination. Examples of relevant research by Developmental, School, Social, and Health Psychology faculty can be found here.
Our national organizations (e.g., the American Psychological Association) periodically issue public statements, briefs, and reports on issues relevant to our diversity mission. They are linked here.