Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Psychology deplores and condemns instances of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. Hate crimes against Asian-identifying people have increased in the context of COVID-19. Fight COVID Racism, external link, opens in new window reported 977 hate crimes as of March 30, 2021, with numbers continuing to rise. The Fight COVID Racism site also lists several resources for Asian-identifying individuals, including health and mental health resources.
We stand in solidarity with Asian students, staff, and faculty at Ryerson University and the broader community. For information on what you can do to help, please consult the Responding to Hate Toolkit, opens in new window created by members of the Ryerson community, opens in new window. You might also be interested in bystander intervention training, external link, opens in new window.
There are resources available for Ryerson students, staff, and faculty seeking support related to prejudice and discrimation. Please click here to bring you to the Resources tab, opens in new window that lists some available resources. You can also contact Human Rights Services, opens in new window to report discrimination or harassment.
The Department of Psychology continues to stand against 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 the most highly publicized events over the last year, including the brutal deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of the police, are part of a longstanding history of racism and ongoing oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized people in North America and around the world.
Over the last year, we have taken time to more deeply consider 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. As part of our commitment to equity and community inclusion, we created a standing Departmental EDIJ Committee that comprises students, staff, and faculty. This committee advocates for equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of the Department of Psychology and its programs, including curriculum, clinical training, research, and hiring initiatives. Our overarching goal is an environment where all members of our community can thrive.
In the Equity and Diversity section of our website, you can find events related to EDIJ and community inclusion, current members of the committee, resources, scholarships & awards, and a sample of EDI-related research happening in our department.
We recognize that our work will always be ongoing and that we must hold ourselves to a high standard to ensure that all members of our community feel supported, heard, valued, and respected.