Diversity and Inclusion


The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is strongly committed to promoting diversity with respect to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, among others. We are committed to maintaining a diverse student population and minority students are especially encouraged to apply for our doctoral programs. Minority students who gain admission to our graduate programs are frequently competitive for prestigious national and university fellowships. Our faculty are also committed to exploring diversity in their research.

Diversity Enhancement Award WinnersThe Diversity Training Committee was formed in 1998 to facilitate training in diversity issues and to evaluate diversity training. The mission of this committee is to foster an atmosphere that promotes open dialogue about cultural issues and to develop the Clinical Psychology program into an exemplary model for producing culturally competent practitioners and researchers. Read more about graduate student training and the goals of the Diversity Training Committee.

We are dedicated to the active recruitment of a diverse group of students and faculty. Our efforts to recruit a diverse student population include our Diversifying Clinical Psychology Weekend and Interview Weekend Minority Brunch.

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience also participates in the National Science Foundation funded Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Alliance (AC-SBE Alliance) which is administered through the UNC Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). The goal of these organizations is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students receiving Ph.D.s in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences disciplines.

We support the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout our community. These values are articulated in the UNC Non-Discrimination Policy and by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Message to Department Community Regarding HB2


On March 23, 2016, North Carolina Governor McCrory signed into law House Bill 2 (HB2) that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and changing rooms that do not correspond to the gender stated on their birth certificates. HB2 also explicitly prohibits local municipalities from enacting their own anti-discrimination policies and instead establishes a statewide policy that excludes gay and transgender citizens. The constitutionality of this new law will be evaluated in the months to come, and we will await the decision of the courts.

However, we want to unambiguously state that the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences strives for tolerance and inclusion of all members of the UNC community. As a department, we are deeply committed to fostering a diverse, open, and welcoming community of scientists, scholars, staff, faculty, and students, and we value and respect each and every individual with whom we work. The passage of HB2 represents a disappointing turn of events in our goal of creating and fostering a welcoming and safe environment. We stand together as a community to be supportive of our LGBTQ members at this difficult time.

We would like to point out the existence of these relevant support services at UNC, including Safe at UNC, the main portal for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and visitors at UNC-Chapel Hill for resources and information about discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking; Thrive: Campus Health Services which provides more general counseling services; and the LGBTQ Center provides places of gender non-specific bathrooms on our campus. We also would like to remind all members of our community that many faculty, staff, and students have participated in Safe Zone training. Door placards clearly mark safe spaces for anyone in distress.

We encourage an open and ongoing discussion about these important issues and we welcome any input or guidance regarding the way in which we can help continue to make our Department a safe and accepting community for us all.