Initiatives

The EDI committee has been working on several initiatives. You can find information about some of our events and ongoing work below. For a full account of the tasks we have been completing/planning to complete, please see the timeline on the Overview page (under “Plans and Actions”).

Are you interested in supporting the EDI Committee’s work in the department?

We are always looking for interested undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to join the EDI support committee (EDI-SC). View this document for more information about the EDI-SC and about how to join.

Psychology faculty, grad students, and post docs are invited to join our Psychology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) reading group. We meet remotely but synchronously for one hour in small groups. We circulate information about the upcoming book at least one month prior to each meeting, so that everyone can read the book beforehand and have a meaningful discussion during the meeting. We will change the group’s topic each year, so please email Sari van Anders with topics you’re interested in.

Current topic and book

This academic year 2021-2022, we are focusing on learning more about Indigeneity, settler colonialism, and decolonization. Our Fall term meeting will be held from 10:30-11:30am on November 22nd. The meeting will be co-led by Sari van Anders and Al Doxtator. We will be discussing "Wampum Belts" by Tehanetorens.

Past topics, books, and reading group prompts

2020-2021: anti-Black racism, Blackness, whiteness, and white supremacy.
If you would like to read any or all of the books we read, here is a list:

  • “The Skin We’re In”, by Desmond Cole
  • “Me and White Supremacy”, by Layla Saad
  • “They Said This Would Be Fun”, by Eternity Martis

If you would like to reflect on the prompts we developed and discussed about these books in the reading groups, please see the linked documents for “The Skin We’re In” (PDF, 201 KB), Me and White Supremacy” (PDF, 116 KB), and “They Said This Would Be Fun” (PDF, 178 KB).

The EDI Committee hosts “15/15” events: 15 minutes of information/presentation, and 15 minutes of questions.

Upcoming 15/15:

The next 15/15 will be on handling EDI discussions in the lab (time & date TBD).

Previous 15/15 events and associated documents:

Please see the linked documents for handouts and resources circulated for previous 15/15s.