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Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychology deplores recent instances of anti-Black racism and police brutality in the United States and Canada. We stand in solidarity with Black students, staff, and faculty at Ryerson University and the broader community. We recognize that these recent events are part of a longstanding history of racism and ongoing oppression of Black, Indigenous and all racialized people in Canada and around the world. The brutal deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of the police have been the most recent in a long line of catalysts for us to reflect on and actively address the oppression of Black, Indigenous, and all racialized people. It has also led us to consider deeply how we can work to mitigate and eradicate all forms of discrimination and inequity targeted at minoritized and marginalized groups. As a department, we have been proud of the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion that we have promoted and nurtured, but we know that we can and must do more. We are in the process of creating a standing Departmental EDI Committee that will comprise students, staff, and faculty. This committee will advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of the Department of Psychology and its programs, including curriculum, clinical training, and hiring initiatives. Our overarching goal is an environment where all members of our community can thrive.

This process is ongoing, and more information will be added here in the coming days and weeks.