Diversity in Psychology
The Psychology Department at George Mason University is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work. We embrace Mason’s core value that “diversity is our strength” – we recognize the inherent value of all individuals, and we strive to create an environment in which individuals from all backgrounds are not only welcome, but are valued and can learn and thrive.
We recognize that individuals from many different groups have been and continue to be excluded from opportunities through discrimination and oppression, and we understand that these exclusions have long-lasting and far-reaching effects. We also recognize the potential for our field to either perpetuate or disrupt these patterns, and that historical examples of both abound. We take an active stance in indentifying and addressing these issues wherever they arise, emphasizing equity and inclusion in our teaching, mentorship, research, and overall departmental climate.
With regard to both classroom teaching and individualized mentorship, we seek to embody Mason’s stance of defining our success by who we include, not who we exclude. We firmly believe that our students’ learning – as well as our own – is enhanced by a diversity of experiences and viewpoints, and we seek to maximize access in our admissions processes and classrooms for the widest range of students possible. In addition, we also strive for equity and inclusion in our curriculum, seeking out voices of individuals from a diversity of backgrounds, explicitly addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our curriculum, and ensuring accessibility of our materials and classroom environments.
With regard to faculty and student research, the field of psychology is uniquely positioned to understand the value of diversity and the effects of oppression and discrimination. We seek to conduct research that includes a systemic view of such issues, and to train our students in their research to look beyond social identities to policies and processes that unduly impact those who hold particular social identities.
With regard to our department climate, we have an active departmental Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Their mission is:
1) To assist and encourage the Psychology Department in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students;
2) To support the coverage of diversity in the Psychology curriculum;
3) To provide information to the Department concerning diversity resources and events at the University and in the local community.