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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

The Department of Psychology at Washington State University is committed to promoting social equity and social justice within the department and field of psychology as a whole. We strive to build an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming community in which all faculty, staff, and students are inspired to achieve their highest potential. Our department is dedicated to empowering researchers from diverse backgrounds in their pursuit of knowledge and supporting research with diverse groups to advance scientific knowledge. We do this by:

  • Attracting, supporting, and retaining faculty, staff, and students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academia
  • Fostering a culture of inclusion in which diversity is valued and celebrated
  • Enhancing awareness of the lack of diverse representation through creative research, scholarship, and applied work

Definitions of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Diversity: A difference of identity and human experience including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, nationality, and political beliefs.
  • Equity: A commitment to systems of justice and fairness, free from bias or favoritism, where all faculty, staff, and students have the support they need to be successful.
  • Inclusion: The involvement of all people regardless of background or differences. An inclusive culture is one where all individuals have equal access to opportunities and resources, are treated fairly and respectfully, and are encouraged to be their authentic self.

Below are various resources that help us create a respectful and inclusive environment that welcomes and values differences.

Click here to learn more about the diversity interests of the department of psychology faculty

DEI groups in the department:


Contact Us

For more information or to get involved, please click here to email the Diversity Advisor for Graduate Recruitment and Retention.