The Department of Psychology is committed to recruiting, retaining, and supporting diversity among its undergraduate students and majors, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
The Department of Psychology is comprised of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, including many international students and first generation college students. Through our Diversity Advancement Committee (DAC), we seek to actively create and sustain an environment in which individuals from different backgrounds are valued and respected. The University of Illinois at Chicago is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the country. As a first-class research institution, we believe that the diversity of our people and ideas makes us nationally unique and competitive.
The Diversity Advancement Committee (DAC) consists of three faculty members and two graduate students. The faculty members of DAC are appointed by the Department Head and serve three-year terms coincident with the program chair positions. The student members are nominated by the graduate students and officially chosen by the DAC faculty members. The students serve one-year terms. The two students co-chair the DAC Student Advisory Board (DAC-SAB), which organizes student functions, department events, and other activities to foster a sense of community. The central mission of the DAC is to support an environment in the Department that enhances diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status and physical ability. To achieve this mission DAC focuses on the following:
- Encouraging recruitment and retention of diverse graduate students
- Encouraging recruitment and retention of diverse faculty
- Developing a listing of opportunities for diversity-related research experiences both on campus and outside the university
- Inviting speakers to the Department of Psychology to address diversity issues
- Actively promoting department-wide discussions regarding diversity issues relative to psychological science
- Pursuing outside funding sources to support diversity-related student activities.
- Promoting the importance of diversity in psychological research and inclusion of diversity issues in the Psychology curriculum