Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is committed to fostering a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and stands in solidarity with marginalised and equity-seeking groups. We acknowledge that members of equity-seeking groups may have experienced barriers to education, employment, and full participation, due to structural and other factors (e.g. systemic discrimination, economic disadvantage, anti-Black racism, racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, or homophobia).

It is our professional and social responsibility to promote the understanding and respect of diversity and intersectionality in culture, circumstance, race, aboriginality, ethnicity, gender, age, (dis)ability, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and place of origin. We want to raise awareness about implicit biases, harassment, and systemic discrimination (including anti-Black racism) in order to promote fair treatment and outcomes for people of all identities. 

As well, we acknowledge that we can and should do more to prioritise inclusivity and support the voices of marginalised groups. We are committed to examining and changing our practices given our position of privilege as an academic department, and in light of our discipline’s historic role in supporting and perpetuating scientific racism and other oppressive ideologies and practices.

We have begun working to ensure that the values, goals and practices in our department reflect this commitment.


Topic: Applying to Graduate School in Psychology - An Event for BIPOC and 1st Gen Students
Date: November 5, 2020 10:35 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Workplace Equity, Dversity and Inclusion Graduate Research Fund

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the inaugural WEDI Graduate Research Fund for 2020 will be awarded to Rita Abdel-Baki, Joanna Collaton, Brianne Gayfer, and Soeun Lee, for their joint proposal entitled "Investigating Racial Discrimination in Canadian Psychology Graduate Departments". 

The committee received applications of very high quality, and the selection was very competitive. Congratulations to the winners, and we wish them every success in their research project. 

With thanks again to the I/O faculty and alumni whose generous donations made this award possible.

The Psychology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our mission: To promote an equitable, fair, and diverse departmental community that is inclusive of its members and those the department serves.



Pat Barclay

Kaitlyn McLachlan

Leanne Son Hing

Jeffery Yen, Committee Chair



Graduate Students

Mohamed Hassan

Chantel Ritter

Kiah Caneira

Hannah Teja

Undergraduate Students

Ariella Golden

Anoop Brar

Ingrid Dusper

Madison Kahler

Natalie Hasulyo