At the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion across different cultural identities. We believe this makes us a stronger learning community.
We highly value the representation and inclusion of diverse individuals in all of our academic endeavors. We are especially aware that individuals from certain social identities have been underrepresented in the psychological sciences and related fields, so we are intentional about the inclusion and support of individuals from those cultural backgrounds.
Such shifts in balance (for example, “de-centering whiteness”) will benefit all of us in SPFC as students, faculty, and staff. We seek to love our local and global neighbors as God intended by engaging in scholarship and learning across multiple systems that will help bring about human flourishing for all.
At SPFC, we adhere to the diversity, equity, and inclusion guidelines set forth by our accrediting bodies, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Here are examples of these guidelines:
To cultivate and maintain a supportive community within our school that values differences and prepares students and faculty for the growing diversity and inequality that exists within our local and global societies.
Strategies and corresponding tasks
We partner with faculty to prepare our students for the diversity and inequality that exist within our local and global societies, by:
- Hosting quarterly gatherings of faculty
- Connecting faculty with resources
- Providing information to faculty regarding training opportunities in the areas of scholarship, service, and teaching specific to various populations and topics of diversity
We advocate for diversity-related issues across our school and represent our school on diversity issues across our university, by:
- Connecting with the SPFC Leadership Team pertaining to school diversity
- Representing SPFC at the university level on committees/task forces related to topics of diversity
We empower our school’s underrepresented students by listening to their voices and working to implement concrete strategies that address the effects of historical inequalities that persist into the present, by:
- Conducting qualitative and quantitative studies to tell meaningful stories highlighting the experiences of diverse students
- Proposing meaningful changes based on the above research findings
SPFC Student Diversity Award winners
The SPFC Diversity Committee grants annually the SPFC Student Diversity & Community Award to a poster presentation at the annual SPFC Research Conference. This winning presentation exemplifies a commitment to diversity, broadly defined, through impactful and innovative research.
2019-20: Vanessa Zhou, Kaitlyn Drafton, and John Strom
2018–19: Monica Moeng and Jasmine Blesoch
2017–18: Sarah Ann Moh
SPFC scholarship on diversity and inclusion topics
Focal populations across faculty D&I research topics
- Children and adolescents as a vulnerable population
- International disaster first responders
- International missionaries
- Prison inmates
- Refugees (Muslim, Cambodian, Somalian)
- Rehabilitation (physical) population
- Veterans and their families
- Young adult expatriates
SPFC faculty research themes intersecting with diversity and inclusion topics
- Assistive technology
- Human development across the lifespan
- Identifying disability characteristics
- Intergenerational transmission of violence
- Low-to-middle income contexts
- Mental health cultural profiles
- Stress in women
- Traumatic life events
- War, peace, and conflict