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 inclusionin 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
To learn more about the ways the psychology department is actively committed to forming a more inclusive community, click here.