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Diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to change:
seeking equity, social justice, and antiracism

The senseless and tragic murder of George Floyd, along with many other Black lives taken at the hands of those with a sworn duty to protect, shakes our confidence in the systems and structures intended to maintain safety and peace in our communities. Systemic racism pervades the institutions of our society, and as an academic unit dedicated to helping people learn and grow, the Department of Educational Psychology has a responsibility to stand up to—and dismantle—systemic racism and injustice through our research, teaching, and community engagement. The time is long overdue for introspection and, more importantly, action. Now, more than ever, we affirm our commitment to examining, revising, and enacting principles, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects of our systems and structures are equitable and just for all members of the Department of Educational Psychology community.

We have a tremendous amount of work to do, starting with an examination of how we have fallen short of living up to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This process must lead to action and ways of holding ourselves accountable for change. To do so, we are preparing a living document that specifies principles to guide us, resources to call on, and metrics for gauging progress. The following initial action steps will be revised and refined with broad departmental input:

  1. We call on all department members to engage in self-reflection and preparation to enact change.
  2. We are reviewing student, faculty, and stakeholder data regarding experiences with racism and discrimination in our department, and ideas for how to address these issues.
  3. We will engage in in-depth discussion to define our current status: Do our mission and values reflect a commitment to promoting equity and justice? What policies, procedures, and practices are in place (or missing) that contribute to systemic racism, marginalization, or an environment that does not promote inclusiveness?
  4. We will identify elements in need of change, and metrics of that change.
  5. We will set and prioritize actionable, measurable goals and timelines.
  6. We will identify faculty and staff professional development needs and implement training and ongoing support.
  7. We will monitor progress, examine the effects of our actions based on data, adjust our activities, and repeat this process.
We recognize that words are not enough; the proof of our commitment will be borne out in the coming months as we strive to take real action. This statement affirms our intention to do so, and to do it together.

Department of Educational Psychology Diversity Committee Department of Educational Psychology Steering Committee

Taking action on student input to make Ed Psych more welcoming, affirming, and inclusive

We know we have work to do to make this department a more welcoming and affirming place. We understand that statements and invitations for dialogue are not enough. We must take action, to make effective changes, and to do so in a democratic, open, and transparent manner. To this end in spring of 2021, we designed a three-part process for communally deciding shared goals and problems, communicating planned action steps, and checking in on our progress. Learn more.

One of the actions recommended by students was to develop an equity, diversity, and anti-racism student website with resources, including: how to get involved, where to go for help if you have witnessed or experienced an incident of racism of or other form of discrimination or bias, and anti-racism resources. Visit the student site

Who we are

The Department of Educational Psychology is a vibrant and diverse community of scholars. Our graduate students represent over 22 different countries creating a globally diverse discourse on the cognitive, emotional, and social learning processes that underlie education and human development across the lifespan. Our faculty bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experience into their research and teaching. Our programs include international students and a diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic mix of domestic students.

Our commitment

The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our undergraduate and graduate programs, in our teaching and learning, in our research and clinical practice, and in our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Our goal is to be a welcoming and affirming place where all faculty, staff, and students— Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, international scholars, those with disabilities, Deaf people, those with intersecting identities, and other members of diverse groups—feel supported to attain and exceed their expectations. Our department strives for social justice and to be a place where respectful exchanges of ideas allow us to embrace the power of diversity of perspectives and backgrounds to enrich us all.

Our research supporting diversity and inclusion

We are uniquely positioned as an applied social science program within the College of Education and Human Development to address issues that underlie education and human development across the lifespan. Specifically, many of our researchers are working to find ways to close opportunity gaps—like educational, career, developmental, social, and mental health outcomes and disparities—by improving how we identify and serve students who need additional support in order to succeed in schools. Learn more about our research on opportunity gaps.

Financial resources

Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund

The Tri-Psychology programs—Educational Psychology, Psychology, and the Institute of Child Development—at the University of Minnesota are deeply committed to supporting underrepresented students in the psychological sciences.

The goal of the Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund is to build community and facilitate cross-departmental collaborations among Tri-Psych graduate students of color and/or student groups otherwise underrepresented in postsecondary education. We seek innovative proposals that provide opportunities to encourage and support students, gain insights from their shared and differing experiences, and build stronger relationships across departments.

Diversity in Psychology program

The University of Minnesota’s Diversity in Psychology Program is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Fall 2022 virtual diversity program event (November 4, 2022). The program is designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate training in Child Development and Educational Psychology, at the University of Minnesota.

The virtual event will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of PhD programs in our departments.

Applications are due by Wednesday, August 31 at 5 p.m., CST. If you are interested in applying for the Diversity in Psychology Program (or know someone who would be interested), please visit the Department of Psychology's website for more information and how to apply.

Diversity of Views and Experiences

The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship helps graduate programs promote the diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students (US citizens and US permanent residents only) with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. The award includes a stipend for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen major department to compete in a University-wide competition.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowships

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) offers fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Nominees should have backgrounds and interests that identify them as outstanding students who are clearly committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change. We encourage nomination of exceptionally capable students, especially from the global south and groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

External fellowships

Ford Foundation Fellowship
Soros Fellow for New Americans
APA Minority Fellowship Program
Additional University Scholarships

Diversity in the College of Education
and Human Development

We affirm the contributions of all people in our community. Diversity and equity are at the core of our mission in the College of Education and Human Development.

We explicitly reject bias, discrimination, and exclusion on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

We all are responsible for recognizing, confronting, and addressing bias and discrimination and diligently working for positive change in support of equity and diversity.

University student resources

Diversity in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a major metropolitan area. The cities are home to a nationally recognized arts, music and theater community, and to several professional sports teams. The many distinctive neighborhoods, cultures and faith communities offer rich places for residents to discover a plethora of celebrations, multicultural dining and diverse entertainment options.

In recent years, a variety of rich and thriving immigrant and refugee populations have joined the more established African American and American Indian communities in the area. This includes the largest Somali population in the United States, the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations. The Twin Cities is also home to one of the country’s most vibrant LGBTQIA+ communities.

In recent months and in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, people across the Twin Cities have come together to ignite a national movement against police brutality. The University of Minnesota— and two organizations the department works with regularly—Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools have ended their contracts with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Departments.


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Jessie Kember
Educational Psychology Diversity Committee chair