The Psychology Department’s commitment to diversity aims to advance social equality, empower individuals to explore and appreciate their unique attributes and life experiences, challenge stereotypes, promote critical thinking skills, prepare individuals to practice psychology in a diverse society, and enrich the experiences of those in the academic community. Loyola’s Department of Psychology values diversity and strives to create a community enhanced by the rich experiences and diverse perspectives of its members. In accord with the vision and values of the Jesuit mission and the codes of ethical conduct for the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association, the Psychology Department recognizes the inherent value and dignity of each person and actively promotes an awareness of, sensitivity to, and representation of diversity, including, but not limited to, differences of age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national and regional origin, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality, disabilities, and socioeconomic status among students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
Our commitment to diversity necessitates that we create a community that encourages the expression of diverse perspectives, supports learning and work that is free from discrimination and harassment, promotes inclusion and respect, and regularly evaluates progress toward meeting diversity goals.
Efforts to create and maintain such a community will focus on these five goals:
- Recruiting, selecting, and retaining diverse faculty, students, and staff.
- Creating a departmental culture characterized by sensitivity to and support of diversity issues and diverse community members.
- Including diversity issues in the curriculum at all levels of instruction. In line with university diversity requirements, the department will aim to expose students to diversity issues to engender awareness and sensitivity that they can use both in their academic and professional endeavors and in their own lives to be active agents of change in their communities.
- Maintaining awareness of and active participation in University-wide diversity efforts, including policies and activities designed to promote inclusion and achieve diversity at all levels.
- Promoting the involvement of department faculty, staff, and students in partnering with diverse populations in the Baltimore-DC area through Loyola programs and other community institutions.