Diversity Mission Statement
The Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin values the richness and open dialogue that diversity brings to our community. Diversity refers to individual differences that broadly include ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We appreciate that diversity enriches both the departmental social climate and the scope and depth of the department’s research mission. We are committed to enhancing diversity by working toward the following goals:
- Fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion in which all individuals are supported and integrated both academically and socially;
- Welcoming honest and open discussion regarding diversity issues;
- Attracting faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds to our department and departmental programs;
- Incorporating diversity as a topic in our academic curriculum;
- Enhancing awareness of diversity issues through ongoing research.
Graduate Diversity Committee
All graduate students who are interested in diversity issues are welcome to join the Department of Psychology Graduate Diversity Committee. This group meets monthly for breakfast and activities including speakers, discussions of relevant topics, and projects. Recent projects include the development of the diversity mission statement and the departmental diversity website, developing and disseminating educational materials to help undergraduate students from underrepresented groups be more competitive for graduate school, and having a well-known scholar from another university meet with graduate students over lunch to talk about his experiences as a person of color in academia. Faculty associated with this committee are Drs. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Zenzi Griffin, Charles Holahan, and Martita Lopez, all of whom would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
A number of psychology faculty members and graduate students conduct diversity-related research. Faculty member examples include Drs. Becky Bigler, Kim Fromme, Cristine Legare, Cindy Meston, James Pennebaker, Manuel Ramirez, William Swann, and David Yeager. Descriptions of the research conducted in faculty labs may be accessed at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/psychology/faculty/list.php
Facing issues as a graduate student from an underrepresented background (e.g. race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, first-generation student) and want to talk to someone who understands? Contact the Psychology Department Diversity Committee to get paired with a peer mentor who can meet with you to talk about both personal and professional topics related to personal identify and background. Email Dan Conroy-Beam, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carey Pulverman at email@example.com to get connected to a mentor.
Below are some of the organizations on campus that serve students of underrepresented populations.
oUTgrads is an organization at The University of Texas at Austin dedicated to fostering a university-wide community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer graduate and professional students. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender and Sexuality Center
The GSC provides safe spaces for all members of the UT community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality.
Email: email@example.com | Student Activity Center, Room 2.112 (2201 Speedway)
Black Graduate Student Association
The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is dedicated to improving the quality of graduate and professional student life at the University of Texas at Austin. The BGSA' s mission is to promote academic excellence, mentoring, professional guidance, and social support for scholarly advancement of undergraduate students, graduate students, and other members of the University of Texas community of African descent. The BGSA' s purpose is to develop opportunities for leadership by disseminating information to undergraduate and graduate students of Africandescent pertaining to academic, financial, and social needs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
DDCE advances socially just learning and working environments that foster a culture of excellence through diverse people, ideas and perspectives. Email: email@example.com
Services for Students with Disabilities
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) determines eligibility and helps implement reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at the University of Texas at Austin. Based in the philosophy that all students should be assured equal access and opportunity, Services for Students with Disabilities works to eliminate physical, instructional and attitudinal barriers by providing reasonable accommodations and fostering awareness within the University community.