College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Diversity and Inclusion

Statement on Diversity

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.

FSOS Statement on the death of George Floyd

Like many of you, we have been consumed by what is happening in our communities. We are heartbroken and outraged by the murder of George Floyd and the disregard for communities of color we have witnessed far too often.

Protests have erupted in Minnesota, across the country and across the globe, appealing to all of us to dismantle racist systems that oppress, marginalize and kill members of our community.

We support President Gabel’s action to limit work with the Minneapolis Police Department and we support the statement from Jael Kerandi, president of the Minnesota Student Association. We stand with the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who advocate for action and change and who have stepped up and stepped out into the community to help.

We also know that more work needs to be done including within our Family Social Science community. We know that we must take responsibility to do more and do better. While we do not have all the answers or quick solutions, we are determined to take action to more fully live into our mission and values in the way we teach, conduct research, and work in partnership with communities. The FSOS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will lead us in this work.

We recognize this moment as a time to reflect on our own history, and to re-commit ourselves to listening, learning, supporting and advocating for those who have endured centuries of trauma, harassment and violence.

Learn more at the University's Office for Equity and Diversity website or visit the College of Education+Human Development's diversity and inclusion website.