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Our Mission

The Diversity and Equity Leadership Committee of the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience seeks to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment that facilitates growth for all students, faculty, and staff. We view diversity, equity, and inclusion as central values to our mission and aspire to cultivate and support diversity in all forms with respect to personnel, research, teaching, service, and departmental climate. Through the collaborative efforts of faculty and student members, we are committed to supporting and promoting the safety, well-being, and success of all in our community.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which diversity is celebrated and integrated into the fabric of every academic institution. We believe this ideal will materialize when diversity is seen in thought, experience, and identity across students, faculty, and staff; when academic settings express, respect, and honor diverse viewpoints; and when diversity issues are integrated into classroom curricula and research endeavors. Our Department’s initiatives to advance this ideal will maximize growth and lead to a more vibrant community that is better equipped to understand, support, and improve the human condition.

Our Charge

We aspire to be national leaders in diversity initiatives and recognize that there is much work to be done. Our work will be iterative and ongoing and our approach informed by humility. Current departmental priorities are to:

  1. Increase representation of diverse faculty, students, and staff
  2. Develop a multicultural climate and curriculum
  3. Increase diversity visibility in communication and events

To meet these objectives, the Diversity and Equity Leadership Committee is currently comprised of the following eight subcommittees: Faculty Recruitment & Retention, Graduate Student Recruitment, Pathways to Graduate School, Climate & Inclusion, Education & Training, Communication & Transparency, Teaching, and Accountability.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.