Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Psychological Sciences at UConn is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our classrooms and our communities. To reflect our commitment, we actively recruit, mentor, support, and celebrate students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented social groups.

We recognize that we are in positions to work for new policies and practices that help make our community more diverse, while acknowledging the ways in which institutions have so often worked against people from marginalized social groups. We seek to create an inclusive climate that values and lifts up all members of our community.

To do this, we strive to understand the historical and current systems which have shaped the ways in which we think about equality and prejudice. We accept that it is each of our responsibilities to identify and challenge the explicit and implicit biases and barriers that members of marginalized social groups face in academia and society. Facing these challenges is an ongoing practice that we must approach with honest dialogue and self-reflection. While we recognize that this process will not be error-free, we are committed to evaluating our progress to ensure continued growth.

We recognize that the field of psychology, and science more broadly, has at times contributed to theories that have sought to derogate people from marginalized groups and to divide us on the basis of our social identities. We are committed to ensuring our own teaching, research, and mentoring is inclusive, and we recognize our responsibility to ethical practices in our work.

As a Department, we affirm these statements and agree to hold each other accountable to advance our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee serves as a forum for generating ideas and actions that support the Department’s goal of promoting diversity and fostering an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment.

The committee is comprised of graduate students and faculty representing the different programs within the Department. Primary goals of the committee include:

  • Facilitate recruitment and retention of a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide resources to help students and faculty enhance inclusive scholarship and teaching.
  • Oversee the annual climate survey and postsurvey Department discussion.
  • Develop strategies to help address concerns raised by Department members or in the annual survey.

Committee Members

Cynthia Boo
Kim Chaney
Ana Luisa Barbosa Torreao Dau
Kelsey Davinson
Merrisa Lin
Stephanie Milan
Jay Rueckl
Nairán Ramírez-Esparza
Umay Suanda
Emma Wedell
Eiling Yee



External Resources

Social and Personality Psychology Specific Communities

BlaSPR - Black Social/Personality Psychologists Retreat – Meets after SPSP yearly

SEASAPP - Southeast Asian Social and Personality Psychologists

CUSPP – Connecting Undocumented Social and Personality Psychologists

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