We know from our own continuing work related to equity, diversity, and inclusion that disparities are the result of systemic inequities stemming from White supremacy and other forms of injustice in the world. We are dedicated to increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion across our academic programs, within our faculty, and in teaching and learning, research, outreach and engagement, and clinical practice.
Written and adopted by faculty in the Department of Family Social Science.
The Department of Family Social Science values and welcomes diversity in all its forms. We use the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE) definition of diversity in how we conceptualize the program’s diversity goals.
We strive for “…representation of multiple groups...with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, culture, environment, health/ability, nationality, religion, spirituality, and socio-economic status.” Specifically:
- The student body will be comprised of individuals who identify some aspect of their personhood as being distinct from the majority culture.
- The faculty will be comprised of individuals who identify some aspect of their personhood as being distinct from the majority culture.
- A variety of paradigms represented by diverse scholarly orientations to research, teaching, engagement, and clinical work will be seen among faculty, supervisors, and students in the program.
We believe that in meeting these program outcomes faculty, supervisors, and students are more likely to be in touch with the lived experiences of those in our Program’s Communities of Interest, including our community partners, clients, research participants, potential employers, and program alumni.