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Diversity & Climate

The faculty, students, and staff of the University of Tennessee's Department of Psychology view diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice as fundamental ethical, societal, and scientific values.  To foster outstanding research, scholarship, and psychological practice, and to be citizens able to work, excel, and lead in an increasingly multicultural and global society, we must be inclusive and diverse.  We recognize and value diversity in its myriad forms, including ability status, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion and spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and veteran status.

Our Department of Psychology is committed to advancing and maintaining a collegial academic environment based on equity and fairness. We work to:

  • Create and sustain a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive departmental climate.
  • Attract and retain greater numbers of individuals from under-represented populations into faculty, staff, and administrative positions.
  • Attract, retain, and graduate increasing numbers of students from historically under-represented populations and international students.
  • Ensure that curricular requirements reflect the Department's commitment to diversity and social justice.
  • Prepare graduate students to become teachers, researchers, and clinicians in a diverse world.
  • Develop and strengthen departmental partnerships with diverse communities on local, state, national, and international levels.

Diversity-Related Climate Issues

The Diversity Council of the Department is always interested in hearing comments, concerns, or general thoughts about the diversity-related climate and environment in our Department. In response to the expressed need for a safe space to express these thoughts, we are implementing an online submission form as a mechanism for hearing and, to the best of our ability, responding to the needs and voices of individuals in our Department. The form is completely anonymous, so feel free to be as open and honest as possible. CLICK HERE to use this service as an opportunity to have your voice heard. The Diversity and Climate Portal is monitored by the Department Head, who will direct comments to the appropriate place (the Psychology Diversity Council, the Psychology Executive Committee, or the Department Head).


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