Department Diversity Statement

The Department of Psychology believes that diversity and respect for human differences within the academe is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit. We strive to cultivate an inclusive, respectful working, living, and learning environment, provide culturally and academically rich educational experiences, prepare our students to practice psychology in a global multicultural society, and engage the region through inclusive social and economic opportunities.

We strive to advance social equality, empower individuals to explore and appreciate their unique attributes and life experiences, challenge stereotypes, promote critical thinking skills, and enrich the experiences of those in the academic community. We seek to create, promote, and sustain a sense of belonging in an environment where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are welcome and celebrated. We recognize strivings for diversity and inclusion not as an end unto itself, but rather a means to a beginning of respect and unity for and among members of the university community.

In the pursuit of creating and maintaining such a community, we will strive to:

  • recruit and maintain a diverse and inclusive faculty, student, and staff community where teaching, learning and living occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect in pursuit of excellence;
  • create a physical space and environment as well as a cultural climate that are characterized by sensitivity to and support for diversity and inclusion;
  • maintain awareness of and actively participate in national, local, university-wide, and department-wide diversity efforts to promote inclusion and achieve diversity at all levels;
  • and partner with diverse populations at ECU and in Eastern North Carolina.

Learn how the Clinical Health Psychology concentration integrates diversity and inclusion into its program.