Black Representation in Psychology
Regrettably, the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota has never had a Black psychologist as a permanent faculty member. For our students, we know that seeing someone on our permanent faculty who looks like them can have a profound impact, which is not something our Black students have been able to experience thus far in our Department. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical components of excellence in all that we do, we are actively working to change this track record. Currently, faculty and department leaders are consulting with BIPOC faculty across the nation to learn how to best attract such candidates in future faculty searches. They are also consulting on strategies to retain new hires, especially since a new Black faculty member might literally be “the only one” in the Department in the short-term. The Department is reaching out to BIPOC alumni as well to build stronger connections with them, gain a better understanding of their experiences in our department, and hear about ways in which we can be more welcoming and supportive of BIPOC students, staff, and faculty moving forward.