Mission Statement

As a human, behavior-centered discipline, we value a strong understanding of diversity.  Diversity refers to differences in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, abilities, class, nationality, and other factors. The Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland is committed to creating a respectful and affirming climate in which all students, staff, and faculty are inspired to achieve their full potential. 

We believe that actively fostering an affirming environment strengthens our department as a whole. A department that values and celebrates diversity among its students, staff and faculty is best able to develop the strengths and talents of all members of the department community.

We take a multi-pronged approach to creating an affirming climate within the Department of Psychology by:

  • Attracting, supporting and retaining faculty, students, and staff that represent the diversity of our community and field
  • Cultivating a culture of acceptance and inclusion in which diversity is integral, authentic, intrinsically valued, and visible
  • Welcoming honest and open discussion regarding diversity issues
  • Incorporating diversity as a central component of our academic curriculum
  • Enhancing awareness of diversity issues through ongoing research and applied work
  • Developing and strengthening relationships with diverse community and international partners

Psychology’s Diversity Committee:

Faculty and Staff Members

Erica Glasper (Co-Chair)

Nazish Salahuddin (Co-Chair)

Jonathan Beier

Andrea Chisolm

Paul Hanges

Meg O'Neill

Jennifer Wessel

Graduate Student Members

Jennifer Brady

Jae Eun Lee

Jose Lima-Rosas

Undergraduate Student Members

Kimberly Crawford

Michael Spooner


Talk to us!

Do you have an idea about how to improve diversity and inclusion in our Psychology department?

Do you have a concern you would like to raise to the committee?

We welcome all feedback, ideas, and concerns: fill out this anonymous survey or reach out directly to the committee co-chairs, Erica Glasper (eglasper [at] umd.edu) and Naz Salahuddin (nsalah [at] umd.edu).


UMD Campus resources:

Psychology Related Resources:

Racial/ethnic minorities

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender



Nationality/International Issues

Multi-Issue/General Diversity


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08/21/2019 - 3:28 pm