Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity a Core Value of the College of Science
“Diversity is an ethical, pragmatic, and essential component of science. Ethical in the sense that opportunity should be provided to all and such opportunity results in a more dynamic community of faculty, staff and students. Pragmatic as we must welcome all in order to attain a sufficient scientific workforce to tackle today’s many problems. Essential because inclusion of disciplines, ideas, insights, and values is fundamental for strong science.”
We view Diversity and Inclusion as central to our mission as a Department of Psychology. Because Psychology is a science of human behavior, it is critical for our faculty and graduate students to understand and embrace diversity of human experiences. As a departmental community, we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment consistent with Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. Our department diversity committee coordinates curricular, continuing education, and community-building activities within the department and we encourage participation in university events and programming through InclusiveVT. To foster skill development, experiential learning, and community action to promote diversity and inclusion, we offer a departmental Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Series. Through participation in the discussion series and additional training activities, graduate students, staff, and faculty may earn a departmental Diversity Certificate. Please contact Danny Axsom, chair of the Department Diversity Committee, for further information.