Department of Psychology

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Psychology

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RESOURCES

Department of Psychology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

Join the Psychology Department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Support Committee (EDI-SC) (PDF, 202 KB)

TIMELINE

Download and read our current EDI TIMELINE document (PDF, 239 KB)

ACTIONS

Student Letters Action Items

Members of the EDI committee have worked with graduate students in the department to prioritize actions items and outline plans to address issues raised by the authors of an open letter circulated last summer. Please see linked document for additional details (MS Word doc, 42 KB)

Psychology EDI reading group

We are excited to invite Psychology faculty, grad students, and post docs to our Psychology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) reading group.

Topic: This academic year 2020-2021, we are focusing on learning more about anti-Black racism, Blackness, whiteness, and white supremacy. We will change the topic each year, so please email Sari van Anders with topics you’re interested in. As a sneak preview for the next academic year, we are planning to focus on Indigeneity, settler colonialism, and decolonization.

Books: We have prepared a list of some of the most frequently recommended books on these topics, and ones that we are passionate about. The list includes scholarship, essays, journalism, and autobiographies. Department members were asked to rank their preferences. The EDI committee will pay for the books for all grad students and post-docs.

Format: We will meet once remotely but synchronously for one hour in groups of up to 10. We will ensure that people have at least one month to read the book before the meeting, so that everyone can have a meaningful discussion. Is reading one book and meeting/discussing for one hour enough? Of course not! It’s a start that can still provide a meaningful experience. We’ll revisit the format after this year.

Who’s Doing This? Well… you are! By learning about and discussing important ongoing EDI issues with department members, you will help to build an engaged community of learners and a knowledge base for change in our department – and beyond. Join us as we aim for at least 30% of faculty involved in a reading group by the end of summer 2021. Sari van Anders (faculty) and Trinda Penniston (graduate student) from the Psychology EDI Committee will be leading and facilitating the reading groups.

If you would like to reflect on the prompts from the previous reading group meetings, please see the linked documents for The Skin We’re In (PDF, 201 KB) by Desmond Cole, Me and White Supremacy (PDF, 116 KB) by Layla Saad, and They Said This Would Be Fun (PDF, 176 KB) by Eternity Martis.

Stay tuned for more details about our next meetings!

Psychology EDI Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Meeting 

The Psychology EDI Committee and Allen Doxtator, an Indigenous Elder and Cultural Advisor with Queen’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives, held an EDI TRC meeting for faculty and graduate students in Psychology to discuss the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Task Force Final Report PDF, 4.1 MB). Within this structured setting, this meeting aimed to: facilitate engagement, knowledge, and understanding of what the Queen’s TRC report is about; provide ways for department members to consider how the TRC recommendations are relevant to the department; and develop action ideas, suggestions, and plans for addressing the TRC recommendations within the department. The goal is to work with Indigenous knowledge and community members towards a department that is a more just space for Indigenous members and communities; this will need to be one step of many.

Stay tuned for more details about scheduling.