Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience - from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists.
WHAT PSYCHOLOGISTS DO:
• Conduct Research
• Study and Contribute to the Work Environment
• Promote Physical & Mental Health
• Help People Learn
• Work in the Community
The UCCS Psychology Department stands strongly as allies of those protesting both the recent and long history of deaths through violence in our racist society. We are firmly antiracist, and work actively to raise our own awareness, understanding, and commitment to action toward the advancement of social equity, justice, and inclusiveness. We recognize the extraordinary pain that is born by Black members of our society whose lineage of slavery in the U.S. continues to produce policies and practices that threaten their lives and livelihood. We deeply grieve the loss of innocent lives of Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, as some of the most recent Black victims of senseless and tragic killings at the hands of police. We want to acknowledge the students, faculty, and staff who may be sharing in this incredible sadness and pain. We also want to acknowledge the ways in which that pain surrounds us, impacting our society more broadly in ways that we hope will lead to significant changes.
We seek to participate in changes that improve social justice and equity in the coming days/weeks/months/years. We acknowledge that psychology has historically contributed to systems that perpetuate racism; we will actively attend to our history and work to change our future impact. As such, our department commits to improving our own community’s inclusivity. Some immediate actions we are taking are to conduct a student survey about areas of concern and opportunity for change in our department. A departmental Diversity Committee is building a strategic plan of action over the summer, with plans for implementation of specific activities in the fall. The plan will incorporate recommendations from experts in leading departmental cultural change as well as from the suggestions of a graduate student discussion that followed participation in the “Racism Pandemic” Special Townhall hosted by APA. We will be creating mechanisms for input and engagement from all members of our community.
In preparation for the social justice work we have to do, we encourage all to engage in a substantive self-education effort. Here are two reasonable places to start: anti-racism resources; what can you do. Watch for more opportunities to learn, grow, expand consciousness, communicate and work for justice for all members of our society. We acknowledge that this will be a long-term process that requires effort and, at times discomfort, which we commit to do.