Diversity Science at Northwestern
American society and the world in general are becoming increasingly diverse. We consider human diversity as referring to groups of people who experience themselves as differing on one or more of the following dimensions: race, culture, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, and ability status. Important challenges include developing an understanding of how best to embrace the myriad ways in which we are diverse and actualizing this understanding in ways that foster common goods and establish diversity as a human strength. As an intellectual discipline and health service profession, psychology is well-suited to address this challenge and to exert leadership.
Interests in diversity among faculty and students in Northwestern’s Department of Psychology take many forms. We seek to promote diversity and cultural competence in research, teaching, professional training, and representation among faculty and students. We are working to increase participation by members of under-represented or disadvantaged groups in our programs and in the science, practice, and teaching of psychology. We seek ways to facilitate the optimal development of people from groups that have been historically disadvantaged or oppressed. We are also working to develop Northwestern Psychology as a center for research on diversity science. This section of our website highlights aspects of all of these department-wide pursuits.