Our Mission Statement
Diversity refers to individual differences that include ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University welcomes the richness that diversity brings to our community. We hope to model and enhance the appreciation of diversity by:
- Attracting faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds to our Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Psychology Programs
- Fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion in which all individuals are supported and integrated within our academic and social communities
- Welcoming honest and open discussion regarding diversity issues
- Incorporating diversity as a central issue in our academic curriculum to facilitate student research and clinical work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Enhancing awareness of diversity issues through ongoing research
What is Diversity Science?
Diversity Science is not a separate area of graduate study in the Department, but provides an opportunity to apply work in all areas of psychological science to understanding the causes of bias and disparities and eventually to eliminate them. Diversity Science is the scientific study of the causes of racism, socioeconomic and health disparities, and bias. Research in Psychological & Brain Sciences includes research on early adversity, the development and expression of bias across the lifespan, intergroup relationships and conflict, and the mechanisms of disparities in health and well-being across the lifespan, as well as in access to health care and education.